The Current State of Privacy and Cybersecurity in Texas Healthcare Organizations

Health IT has come a long way since the HITECH Act was introduced almost 10 years ago. Technology availability and accessibility has also increased dramatically in that time frame. While better connectivity has revolutionized healthcare, it has also opened the door to cyber risks. Testimony before the Texas Health Services Authority Board at the Texas State Capitol on Friday, October 4 reinforced recent headlines that cybersecurity is a persistent problem; one that will require greater resources at a ...

Third Rock Crushed OCR Audit in less than 14 days

Do you have a looming cybersecurity compliance audit with a seemingly unrealistic deadline? This case study shows how Third Rock, using CyberCompass™, was able to meet a tight OCR deadline for a healthcare client. Our Rapid Response Team, using our automated risk management platform, CyberCompass™, delivered in less than 2 weeks what competitors claimed would take at least 10.  If you are facing a cybersecurity compliance audit, recently experienced a breach, or are in need of an information secu ...

Meet Hayden

  Meet Hayden. He was born at 7:23 am on May 3. He started breathing too soon and swallowed liquid which caused him to struggle breathing.  Within an hour of being born, he was taken to the NICU. For 2 days he received amazing care from the doctors and nurses. He was discharged, happy and healthy, ready to take on the world. His future is bright and open to all possibilities.  Or is it? While the hospital protected his body, are they protecting his personal information? Can someone steal his i ...

Third Rock welcomes Mike Moran, CISSP, as a Senior Security Advisor

Round Rock, TX, July 9, 2018 – Third Rock, cyber risk management firm, announces the addition of Mike Moran, CISSP to its Board of Advisors as Senior Security Advisor. Moran is a veteran of the software industry and is focused primarily on applications and development tools, with a secondary focus on high availability, high traffic web sites.   His past projects include architecting and supporting real-time online access to three Olympics and maintaining a healthcare billing system with over 100 milli ...

Are you Safe?

Safety. Such an important word with so many different connotations. We ask safety questions constantly. Is my family safe? Will my house be safe? Is this a safe neighborhood? Are our schools safe? Many technologies are designed to specifically pacify our desire to feel safe.  We can track our child's cellphone. We buy alarms for our homes and doorbells with cameras. Schools install cameras and specially locking doors to protect the children.  But one area most people neglect, is cyber safety. Why?  B ...

THT Healthcare Governance Conference 2018

As a board member or executive of a hospital, have you ever wondered exactly what responsibility you have, if any, for security? Not just the physical security of the people who come to the hospital for care, but the protection of their information long after treatment has been given. Are you doing everything in your power to keep patients "cyber safe"? Third Rock is excited to be a sponsor of this year's Healthcare Governance Conference.  Come visit us at table 15 to find out exactly what questions ...

Am I a Data Processor or a Data Controller? – Check the GDPR glossary

Ok, so the GDPR "deadline" has passed, but many of you are still tying up loose ends - or perhaps just discovering that the law applies to you! Whatever the case, don't let confusion over a few terms slow your progress. Some vendors got together to create a great glossary page that defines all the key terms. If you're still uncertain about what you need to do, the official GDPR page summarizes the key points in a dynamic infographic. Need to get GDPR compliant and don't have time or expertise to lea ...

The GDPR deadline is here – are you ready?

If you are not yet GDPR-ready, you're not alone. Many companies are still scrambling to meet the requirements. Some U.S.-based companies didn't realize the law would apply to them. Others did not realize the full extent of the law - or of their own data collection!  Don't worry - whether starting from scratch or needing to document your current GDPR status, Third Rock's CyberCompass™ streamlines the assessment process and automates the report generation, making it possible for Third Rock to give you ...

GDPR – the “Undo” Button for Personal Data?

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect May 25th, about two weeks from now.  In the news it is often being called "overreaching" and "impractical," but its objective is to place control of personal data back in the hands of the EU citizens.  Maybe I’m “old school” (aka dinosaur), but I believe in privacy and the ability to protect my data.  Why? Look at these recent events. Let’s start with the Facebook breach of 85 million users.  Most people joine ...

Key Themes at Texas Health Care Security & Technology Conference

Last month Robert Felps and I were fortunate to attend THA’s inaugural Texas Health Care Security & Technology Conference. Great speakers, wonderful host and facility, collegial atmosphere – a great learning experience overall. Hats off to Fernando Martinez, THA's Chief Digital Officer, and his team for a great couple of days. Here's a brief recap of the key takeaways. REALITY Cyber threats are dynamic. Bill Virtue reminded us that there have been more than 4000 ransomware attacks per da ...

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