Coffee Makers and World Mayhem!

We’ve all heard or read about cyber breaches and viruses taking down clouds of computers or stealing millions of customer records.  But have you ever thought about a virus shutting off your coffee maker.  You might ask, “Why would a criminal want to turn off my coffee maker?”  Well, you’re not thinking like a criminal or an aggressive nation.  Instead of thinking about it on a personal basis, “Why did these scums crash my computer and cause me to lose all my data!”, think about the pandemoni ...

HIPAA Compliance – How to Get Started?

You may have asked yourself – how HIPAA compliant are we really?  What constitutes HIPAA compliance?  How often do I need to check? There are numerous requirements for HIPAA compliance – performing an annual risk assessment, up-to-date training, maintaining current policies and procedures, having a contingency plan, having your data encrypted at rest and in motion, continuous monitoring of all networks and networked devices, just to name a few. Those are a lot of things to contend with but where ...

Focus on Technology: Anti-virus Maintenance

We see many covered entities that do NOT maintain their anti-virus.  It is EXTREMELY important that your IT staff (MSP) keeps the anti-virus definitions set for auto-update and that the anti-virus software itself is updated as needed.  We suggest that you have a monthly review of each computer and make sure the anti-virus software and definitions are current and working correctly. It's wise to review your anti-virus solution each year too.  There are usually a few top tier solutions that keep their so ...

ePHI = Money = Thieves

Our compliance officer created this slide for a presentation recently and I thought, what a simple way to get the point across about Protected Health Information (PHI).  An individual's complete  ePHI records are worth up to $500 on the black market.  Cyber-criminals are not longer focused on credit cards as they can be readily cancelled.  They now want ePHI as evidenced by the fact that over 10 times more PHI records were stolen in the first three months of 2015 than were stolen in all of 2014! I bel ...

Third Rock – Our CEO was Security Panelist at Health Tech ATX

Robert Felps, Third Rock CEO, was one of three panelist for the Health Tech ATX conference in Austin, TX on October 7.  There were over 75 Healthcare executives and security experts in attendance.  One of the main focuses was on the extreme rise in Healthcare cyber-security breaches and how to address them.  HIPAA compliance was the number one response from the panelist.  You must do a Risk Assessment to know what issues you have and prioritize the remediation of those issues.  The changes brought abo ...

Humanizing ePHI, Forget the Numbers

Patients at the hospital consulting a doctor Let's take a minute and just say, screw the numbers! Yes, I said it. We all tend to get hung up on the numbers out there on cyber breaches, HIPAA fines, ePHI, etc. At some point you either get it or you don't.  For doctors and healthcare providers, the patient's welfare is their business. I am guessing that for most in this business, they really do care and it is not just about money. Now if you are all about the money, this blog post may not be for you. W ...

HIPAA – Enemy #1 = Do Nothing

What is the biggest obstacle to HIPAA Compliance? Do Nothing! It’s the #1 enemy of HIPAA compliance and Healthcare practices. Anyone that has checked into HIPAA in the past few years can see that action is necessary to address new requirements and fend off potentially harsh fines. With minimal cost and effort, a practice can deploy cyber-breach detection software and perform a risk assessment that will drastically improve their compliance and greatly reduce their likelihood of losing valuable ePHI. Ho ...

Third Rock Recognized as one of Most Promising HIPAA Compliance Solution Providers for 2015!

Third Rock Recognized as one of Most Promising HIPAA Compliance Solution Providers for 2015! Click to Read Article In the July issue of Healthcare Tech Outlook, Third Rock has been recognized as one of the nation’s Top 20 Most Promising Healthcare Compliance Providers for 2015!  “We are very excited and proud to be independently recognized by Healthcare Tech Outlook.  Our hard work to deliver affordable advanced cyber security and comprehensive HIPAA compliance has been very well received by our c ...

Protecting Yourself from a Cyber Breach (3 of 3)

This article is the third in a three-part series from Third Rock, a leading HIPAA Compliance and Risk Management provider, describing various methods to help protect your healthcare organization from breaches, and cyber-breaches in particular. Last week, we highlighted the financial impact of a cyber-breach for a healthcare organization and why it is so important to protect your data from breaches.  Today’s article will look at the two most significant approaches towards protecting your organization f ...

Cybersecurity Insurance – Will it pay when I get breached?

As a disclaimer, we are not an insurance company or insurance specialist.  We're a Cyber-Security firm that specializes in HIPAA compliance.  We strongly encourage our clients to purchase cyber-breach insurance.  We regularly blog on healthcare cyber security and compliance, often citing cyber-breach statistics.  It's likely you've been breached or will be breached in the near future.  So, it only makes good business sense to protect the investment you've made building your practice and transfer all ...

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