2015 – The Healthcare Hack

Just a short post before the New Year! The writing is on the wall. If you look at predictions and reports from all of the security organizations, the one thing that is clear is that Healthcare will find itself the major target of hackers in 2015. As of 2013, it is reported that 43% of all data breaches involved healthcare data. That is only going to get worse! Why is healthcare such a primer target? Simple, medical records contain a lot of information about your patients identity. This allows for iden ...

Cyber Breaches – Reducing the Noise

We’ve been involved with Information Technology, cyber security and healthcare for decades.  We’ve taken our experience and focused our efforts on providing the best comprehensive HIPAA compliance solution available.  In re-evaluating security monitoring solutions we  came across the Integrity tool from SignaCert that brought some unique and powerful capabilities to our technical tool chest. With all of the cyber breaches lately, including Target, Home Depot and JP Morgan to name a few, we keep he ...

Third Rock Introduces Comprehensive HIPAA / HITECH Compliance Solution

Round Rock, Tx, Dec. 03, 2014 – Third Rock, a business technology consulting firm  focused on improving operational performance through effective and efficient compliance, has taken decades of security and enterprise experience and created a stream-lined, affordable HIPAA /  HITECH compliance solution that small and medium businesses can afford. Third Rock’s Worry-Free ComplianceTM provides all of the required elements to meet current HIPAA / HITECH requirements.  Included is continuous network se ...

Road Blocks to Creating Your Contingency Plan

Why Everyone Needs Help Creating a BC/DR (Contingency) Plan Creating a contingency plan is a huge undertaking.  It’s a major project for any company, small or large.  It’s a major project for any company, small or large; an integration effort which requires a large amount of time from experts across the company and often outside the company, including executives, managers, staff, vendors and consultants. While creating a contingency plan for a large health care provider I realized part of the pro ...

HIPAA Compliance – The Moving Finish Line

The overarching goal of HIPAA compliance is to protect the individual; both the patients’ health and their finances. Protection of the patients’ health is ensuring their medical records are not corrupted or lost, and readily available when needed. The financial protection is prevention of identity theft and other cyber-crimes. HIPAA began as a law to enable an individual to maintain health insurance when changing jobs but with the addition of federal and state regulations, and the HITECH act, it has ...

Security Alert: U.S. government warns on bug in Apple’s iOS software

The U.S. government warned iPhone and iPad users on Thursday to be on the alert for hackers who may exploit a vulnerability in Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) iOS operating system that would enable them to steal sensitive data. There was the potential for hacks using a newly identified technique known as the "Masque Attack," the government said in an online bulletin from the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center and the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Teams. Read the full story on Reuter ...

Security Alert: Microsoft issues emergency patches for all Windows

Microsoft has issued emergency patches for a flaw that affects all supported versions of Windows. It’s a nasty one – a vulnerability in Windows’ implementation of the protocols for encrypting internet communications. The critical flaw lies in Secure Channel (Schannel), a security package – used by Internet Explorer — that implements the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols. While there’s no evidence of its exploitation yet, it allows attackers to rem ...

HIPAA Bulletin: HIPAA Privacy in Emergency Situations

View HIPAA Compliance Solution In light of the Ebola outbreak and other events, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), is providing this bulletin to ensure that HIPAA covered entities and their business associates are aware of the ways in which patient information may be shared under the HIPAA Privacy Rule in an emergency situation, and to serve as a reminder that the protections of the Privacy Rule are not set aside during an emergency. The HIPAA Privac ...

Hackers Are Exploiting Microsoft PowerPoint to Hijack Computers

Hackers are exploiting a security flaw in Microsoft Office by using PowerPoint to attack Windows users and gain control of computer systems. Microsoft, in a security advisory on its website, says there have been "limited, targeted attacks" against users through Microsoft PowerPoint. An attacker who successfully exploits the security flaw could gain complete control of the system. With that sort of control, hackers could execute code remotely, alter or delete data and install harmful programs, like malwar ...

HHS Attorney says get ready for larger HIPAA fines

Ready to break the annual budget? If you are not HIPAA compliant and get caught, you are going to have to pony up even more money for HIPAA fines, predicts a high ranking Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) attorney! HHS Chief Regional Civil Rights Counsel Jerome Meites made the prediction at an American Bar Association conference on Thursday in Chicago. We have already seen record breaking fines handed out over the last year, which makes this even more shocking to the industry. Law360, t ...

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