2018 The Year of the Meltdown and Spectre

If you don't read about cybersecurity and stolen data everyday then you probably don't read much news.  But, if you scan the news headlines once in a while you're aware of the following: 2014 - The Year of the Cyber Breach 2015 - The Year of the Healthcare Cyber Breach 2016 - The Year of the Cyber Attack (it's common news) 2017 - The Year of Ransomware So, what will 2018 be dubbed?  2018 - The Year of the Meltdown?  Wait, what meltdown?  Or the Year of the Spectre?  Is that a ghost or ...

Protect Your Clients, Your Clients’ Data, and Your Business – a webinar offered by Developmental Services Network

Robert Felps, CEO of Third Rock, is proud to present a cybersecurity webinar - Protect Your Clients, Your Clients' Data, and Your Business - for Developmental Services Network on Thursday, January 18, 2018, 10:30am-11:30am PST. Did you know your client data is worth 50 times more than a credit card number on the dark web? A HIPAA approved client management system does not make you HIPAA compliant, nor does it completely protect your client data. Learn steps to improve your cybersecurity and ach ...

Third Rock Streamlines SECURETexas Privacy and Security Certification

Round Rock, TX – December 19, 2017 – Third Rock, who was awarded preferred vendor status with Texas Health Services Authority (THSA) in August this year, has streamlined the SECURETexas certification process to help healthcare organizations reduce liability by better securing patients’ Protected Health Information (PHI). Third Rock has incorporated the question set for the SECURETexas certification program into CompassDB, Third Rock's compliance management system.  Third Rock has shown that by ut ...

Protect Yourself – Don’t let Scrooge Cyber Sabotage Your Holiday Shopping Season!

We are into the Holiday Season and Cyber Scrooges - cyber criminals - are alive and well!  Breaches seem to be a daily occurrence.  In the area where I live, they even recommend paying for gas with cash and don’t use a credit card at the pump due to card skimmers.  So, I’m out holiday shopping and I’m lucky if I have two dollars in my wallet.  That means I have to stop at a cash machine to pay for gas.  Wait, that cash machine could have a card skimmer attached to it!  I guess I have to go i ...

MACRA Deadline Approaching – Schedule your SRA today!

MACRA Deadline Approaching - Schedule your SRA today! In an effort to help medical practices maximize their Medicare reimbursements by meeting MACRA requirements, Third Rock is offering a 20% discount for our Security Risk Assessment package if you schedule your SRA with Third Rock by December 8th. Our tool, CompassDB, makes doing an SRA fast and easy. Our package offer includes: ✓ Security Risk Assessment and detailed report ✓ A Security Risk Management consultant available onsite or online ...

Upcoming Events of Interest

The Health Care Compliance Association Regional Conference will be held in Houston on Dec. 8, 2017. Third Rock's COO, Ed Jones, PMP, CHSP, will be participating on a panel discussing the importance of Patient Information Privacy along with representatives from THSA and Winstead, PC. Members of our Third Rock Team will also be in Dallas on Dec.14 & 15 for the Cybersecurity Forum at the Dallas Health IT Summit. The Cybersecurity Forum brings together experts in healthcare IT security and p ...

MACRA 2017 deadlines are coming. Do you have a Security Risk Assessment scheduled before December 31st?

Right now the healthcare industry is in the final race to complete the requirements for MACRA, the new reimbursement scheme for Medicare. Thousands of dollars are at risk – failing to satisfy the MACRA requirements in 2017 will result in payment reductions for all of 2019! Submerged within the 2,398 pages of MACRA lies a key requirement for eligibility - completing a security risk assessment (SRA). The SRA is a “core requirement.”  Without an SRA, a healthcare practice can undo all their other eff ...

Check out our own Robert Felps, CEO Third Rock, speaking at two events in November

Robert is taking his  acclaimed “Cure for the HIPAA Headache” presentation on the road this month and presenting at the Developmental Services Network Annual Meeting  on November 6th in La Quinta, California. He then heads to Dallas on November 16th for the IQSC First Annual Healthcare Data Seminar. Contact us at info@thirdrock.com if you would like a copy of the presentation or would be interested in us presenting at one of your events.   Bio - Robert Felps, CEO/CISO - is a trusted advi ...

Innotech Austin 2017 – Discount Code

Come hear our very own Julie Rennecker at Innotech Austin 2017 on November 16.  She's presenting Healthcare - An Identity Thief's SuperStore for the ISSA Cybersecurity Track. Healthcare records include some of the most complete - and thus, most valuable - personal identities available online. Yet, they are also among the most vulnerable, making them a primary target for cybercriminals. Julie will talk about some of the cybersecurity challenges in healthcare and how the cybersecurity community can h ...

Too Many Passwords and Too Little “Personal” Memory!

I began my morning by starting up my PC and getting the message “Your password has expired. You must change it now!” Temporarily frozen at my keyboard, my mind is churning to think up a new password that I have a decent chance of remembering.  Should I tweak the old password by a digit or create a new one?  Luckily NIST has phased out the requirement to regularly change passwords.  But every website seems to require a password.  I have about 200 passwords to manage, what a pain!  I can’t begin to ...

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