The IoT, Little “Things” with Big Implications

You may have experienced the first coordinated cyber attack using “Internet of Things”, IoT. I bet you are wondering how did it affect me? How did it happen?  Did you notice on October 21st that Facebook and LinkedIn were not available?  Maybe you noticed that Amazon couldn’t take your order, and email was really slow? This was the result of a DDoS attack, Distributed Denial of Service, which have been going on for years, but this one was different.Typically, DDoS attacks are the result of ...

From Meaningful Use to MACRA – Security Risk Analysis is still first requirement

 The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its final rule implementing the Quality Payment Program (QPP) that is part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).  The QPP will reform Medicare payments for more than 600,000 clinicians across the country, and is a major step in improving care across the entire health care delivery system.  As a provider you can choose how you want to participate in the QPP based on your practice size, specialty, location, or pat ...

Value Proposition of a Next-Generation Compliance Platform (2 of 2)

This is the second in a two part series concerning the value of compliance.  Our mission is, Worry-Free Compliance, to help you obtain a culture of compliance through normal business operations.  Our vision is to reduce the complexity, cost and burden of HIPAA compliance using a next-generation compliance management platform.What does a next-generation management platform provide?  Here's a list:CompleteManages the entire compliance process Maintains custom policies and procedure ...

Third Rock Announces – Custom HIPAA Policies and Procedures

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Austin, TX, Aug 25, 2016 – Third Rock, provider of HIPAA Worry-Free Compliance™, announced custom, online HIPAA Policies and Procedures as an additional capability of  their compliance management platform, CompassDB™.  This new capability is designed to address common issues associated with policies and procedures found in most healthcare practices; outdated paper documents collecting dust on a bookshelf.The overarching focus of CompassDB™ is to reduce the cost ...

Third Rock Announces CompassDB™ – A Comprehensive Compliance Management Platform

Austin, TX, - Aug. 3, 2016 – Third Rock, provider of HIPAA Worry-Free Compliance™, announced CompassDB™ their compliance management platform.  CompassDB™ is designed to significantly reduce the cost and burden of HIPAA compliance for all parties involved.  Consulting firms who provide compliance services, and the clients, Covered Entities and Business Associates on which HIPAA regulations are focused, all will benefit.CompassDB™ is a cloud solution that provides safe, secure, web based s ...

Third Rock CEO serves as panelist for ISC(2) Challenges in Healthcare IT

Robert Felps, Third Rock CEO, was one of four panelist for the ISC(2) Austin Chapter in Austin, TX on March 14 discussing Challenges in Healthcare IT.  There were over 50 security experts in attendance.  The focus was on the state of Healthcare cyber-security.  HIPAA compliance was a primary focus from the panelist.  You must do a [Security] Risk Assessment to know what issues you have and prioritize the remediation of those issues.  The changes brought about by HITECH and later updates to HIPAA mak ...

Third Rock Introduces Cyber Security and HIPAA Compliance: Practical Steps to Protect Your Practice! CE course for Free to HealthCare Associations and Members

# # # FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Robert Felps rjf@thirdrock.com 512-310-0020Third Rock Introduces Cyber Security and HIPAA Compliance: Practical Steps to Protect Your Practice! CE course for Free to HealthCare Associations and Members Austin, Tx, Mar 8, 2016 – Third Rock, provider of HIPAA Worry-Free Compliance™, is offering a free continuing education (CE) course to any Healthcare Association or Organization on Cyber Security and HIPAA Compliance: Practical Steps to Protect Your Practice! T ...

Your medical records are worth 500 times credit card information

Yes, you read that correctly.  In 2014 medical records were worth over 10 times the value of credit cards.  After several massive breaches and the loss of 100s of millions of credit cards, which were placed for sale on the dark net, the price of stolen credit card data plummeted to less than a dollar.  However, medical records can be worth up to $500 dollars per record.  You could argue the average average price for a stolen credit card record is $1 and the average price for a stolen medical record is $ ...

Even the big boys don’t always protect your network and data.

If you think someone else is protecting your computers, networks and data from cyber-threats you might want to think again.  You must take responsibility to implement a cyber-security plan.  Even consumers need to think defensively and take action.  The latest news says Dell has problems with their production process, which has allowed problems with computer configurations that allow for easier cyber-breaches. Dell security flaws reignite debate on pre-installed software Take Away: Start today to creat ...

Every business needs to have a cyber-security plan.

If you're in business and have any type of connection to the Internet you need to think about how to protect your business and your customers.  Here's a brief article by Kemp Little that addressNo Sensible business ignoring cyber threats says Kemp Little cyber-threats for all businesses.No Sensible business ignoring cyber threats says Kemp LittleTake Away: Start today to create a cyber-security plan. ...

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