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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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: Get off Windows XP Now! Seriously!

Ok, HEALTHCARE world, you have GOT to get with the program and MOVE forward.  We continue to go into healthcare providers of all kinds; hospitals, clinics, doctors, dentist, optometrist, dermatologist, etc and find these old, slow, archaic systems running Windows XP.  Here are a few reasons why you should PULL THE PLUG on Windows XP. Reasons to part ways with Windows XP No longer officially supported by Microsoft. If you want any support, be prepared to open your wallet in a big way. Has know ...

HIPAA/HITECH Security Risk Analysis Myths and Facts

As we continue to work with more health care providers, covered entities, and business associates we see confusion about HIPAA/HITECH compliance requirements. Some providers are even in denial. They believe they are being compliant by just having staff take short on-line "HIPAA" training courses.  But that falls well short of what is required to be compliant, and many of these on-line training courses are not up to date with current HIPAA regulations, nor do they cover cyber-security, which is now a must h ...

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