The Most Common Mistakes in Cybersecurity are Preventable

Many of the issues we see in cybersecurity, whether you are in healthcare, retail, finance, etc., are by and large preventable. It is not about having a big budget or a large team of experts. No, some of it is just common sense. It is not unlike driving a car. When driving a car you take several basic, yet important, steps to try and lower your risk of an accident. You look both ways at a stop sign, you drive safely to avoid losing control, you keep your car in working condition, and just in case you are in ...

PHISHING ALERT – DocuSign – Don’t click!

Heads up, everyone – our team has gotten phishing emails like this one posing as messages from DocuSign. DON’T CLICK unless (a) the message is from someone you know and (b) is a message and document you were expecting. If you receive too many documents via DocuSign to remember if you were expecting the message/document or not, take these precautions: ·         Hover your mouse over the Download link. ·         Carefully read the url that appears. ·         If the ...

Thank Goodness! NIST says, “No more difficult passwords!”

Just when you thought all hope was lost of remembering your 16 character password with upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters; NIST comes to the rescue. That's right!  The National Institute of Standards and Technology wrote a brief addendum to SP 800-53 which simplifies Strength of Memorized Secrets.  You and I refer to those "secrets" as passwords.  It's a light read, only 50 or 60 pages.  I don't really know because I didn't want to print it and kill four trees.  Anyway, the ...

Closing the Cybersecurity Gap

As we hear more and more about breaches and ransomware in businesses and especially healthcare, it is becoming an even greater concern for healthcare business owners. It is no longer if you will be attacked, but when and how often. The first step in closing the cybersecurity gap is to realize that you can't do it on your own. Cybersecurity is not finding your basic "IT guy" that "can fix it". It is about obtaining the right resource whether that is a full time hire or a managed service. The next thin ...

Buckle Up, It’s Going to be a Wild Cyber Ride!

Breathing a sigh of relief that the WannaCry ransomware attack didn’t hit your organization?  Thinking you’ve dodged that bullet?  Well, think again!  If trends are any indication, and they typically are, I think it’s going to get a lot bumpier.  Below are some incidents that lead me to to this conclusion.  So, buckle up and hold on tight! January 2015 – Largest Single Healthcare Breach - Anthem Insurance breach affecting over 80 million people.  Investigations point to state sponsored cybe ...

Security Alert: Google Email Attack

Google is investigating a large-scale phishing attack involving malware that is currently spreading among users of its Gmail service. You will see a message similar to the one below! The message sent to Gmail users includes an invitation to view a shared Google Docs document. However the link leads to a self-propagating internet worm. DO NOT CLICK IT! Users are asked to log into their Google accounts by the malware, which doesn't ask for a password and appears to bypass two-factor authenticatio ...

Lack of Awareness – Still a Barrier to Cybersecurity Effectiveness

A recent study conducted by HIMSS Analytics and reported in the HIPAA Journal indicated that more than 78% of the IT executives, managers, and staff surveyed identified employees’ lack of security awareness as a primary concern – despite 85% of the same survey respondents claiming to have an educational program in place designed to create awareness! Clearly a one-time – or even annual – training program isn’t enough. So how can healthcare executives improve information security awareness withou ...

Cybersecurity: Have you hardened your systems?

We perform HIPAA Risk Assessments (Security Risk Analysis) for very small practices to large healthcare organizations, plus business associates that include software, big data, and marketing companies.  We know the focus of the assessment needs to be security; therefore, we run an industry standard (NIST based) scan checking computers for HIPAA compliance.  (NIST stands for National Institute of Standards and Technology) Our findings show that the average covered entity is about 15% compliant and the ...

The greatest threat comes from within

Sometimes it is easy to forget that the greatest threat is from within. In today’s focus on cyber-security world, we tend to focus on keeping people out of our network as a primary method to keep our sensitive data, such as ePHI, safe. While that is incredibly important, we should make sure not to overlook the threat posed by those we do grant access. How much of a threat is it? Well, roughly half of all attacks originate from inside the company - and not all are with malicious intent. Part of the prob ...

Focus on Security: Special Cyber Security Briefing Event

PLEASE JOIN US ON FRIDAY, MARCH 24TH, 7:30 am -8:30 am Kerby Lane Round Rock, 2120 N Mays St, Round Rock, Tx for a BUSINESS OWNER AND LEADERSHIP BRIEFING on CYBER SECURITY ISSUES THAT ARE IMPACTING SMALL AND MID-SIZED BUSINESSES IN CENTRAL TEXAS Here’s why we think it’s important you attend: We’re seeing story after story of large corporations falling victim to cyber-attacks, but not enough attention is being placed on how small and mid-sized businesses are impacted at even greater freque ...

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