There is no way to stop a data breach

If you have been reading the news, you know cyber-breaches are getting out of control.  A recent article contained a statement of truth from Daniel Marvin, Cybersecurity Attorney, Stern & Montana.  He states “There is no way to stop a data breach. Hackers are smart, they are well-funded and they are relentless. You really can't build a firewall high enough to keep them out.” He's absolutely correct.  You MUST understand that preventative security measures reduce break-ins, but cannot s ...

Impact of a Healthcare Breach (2 of 3)

This article is the second in a three-part series from Third Rock, a leading HIPAA Compliance and Risk Management provider, that highlights the financial impact of a cyber-breach for healthcare organizations and why it is so important to protect your healthcare data. The impact from a healthcare breach has wide and significant impact to a healthcare organization, both small and large.  Here are some examples of the costs associated with healthcare breaches: Negative media/publicity is one of the fir ...

Cyber Breach – No One is Immune

This article is the first in a three-part series from Third Rock, a leading HIPAA Compliance and Risk Management provider, explaining the magnitude and business impact of cyber security breaches as well as steps you can take to protect your records and your organization. Recent headlines have reported that cyber breaches are occurring with greater frequency than ever before. Everyone is familiar with the cyber breaches of Target, Home Depot, JP Morgan, Sony, and most recently, the federal Office of Perso ...

Security Alert: Healthcare needs to learn from OPM Breach

HealthITSecurity wrote a good article on what Healthcare can learn from the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) breach.  The key being that ALL businesses and organizations need to understand it is IMPOSSIBLE to keep the bad guys out of the castle, you WILL be breached sooner or later.  Therefore, they need to be prepared, by implementing multiple layers of cyber-security defense.  One part of the cyber-security they did NOT mention is a next generation solution that detects when unauthorized softwa ...

HIPAA/HITECH, Is your practice compliant?

The new HIPAA/HITECH law has been in force for over two years.  However, most healthcare providers have yet to start addressing the new requirements.  It’s a daunting task for a risk assessment expert, professional project manager or even a CCO, CIO or COO, much less a practice manager.  There are various reasons for the delay: confusion, misinformation, cost and time. One of the most common sources of misinformation we've encountered in our clients is a belief that they are already in compliance!  ...

HIPAA Self-Assessment Validity

HIPAA Risk Assessment: Third party vs self-assessment Although the U.S. government allows healthcare providers under $5 million in annual revenue to perform a risk assessment themselves as part of the HIPAA requirements, is it a good idea?  The alternative is to pay an independent third party to perform the risk assessment. Many consider the Risk Assessment a necessary evil to avoid potential HIPAA fines.  It is important to remember the fundamental intent of HIPAA; protect the patient’s data, maint ...

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 ...

Press Release: Third Rock and Tippet Industries Team to Create ACES

Round Rock, Tx, Feb 19, 2014 – Third Rock, a business technology consulting firm in Round Rock, and Tippet Industries, a professional consulting firm in Round Rock, have teamed up to create Austin Consortium of Executive Services (ACES).  ACES provides enterprise level consulting services, software as a service solutions and application development to small and medium sized businesses, ranging from $20M to $500M in size.  What makes ACES unique is the company’s experience which ranges from helping ent ...

Press Release: Texas Star Data Center provides Disaster Recovery Option to Austin Texas Companies

Round Rock, Tx, Jan 22, 2013 – Third Rock, a business technology consulting & services firm in Round Rock, has become a reseller for Clearview International of Dallas, bringing Austin a Tier III disaster recovery option in a remote enterprise level co-location data center within 100 miles.  The data center is so well equipped it is often used by companies for their primary systems, while leaving their current location as the recovery or failover site. Clearview’s Texas Star Data Center is a Tier I ...

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