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Breached Records to Skyrocket with SMBs as the Biggest Targets

A lot can happen in 5 years, and unfortunately, not always for the better. According to a recent report by Juniper Research, Cybercrime & the Internet of Threats 2018, data breaches are expected to reach 146 billion records over the next five years. For cybercriminals to successfully compromise such an extreme number of records, significant …

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51% of SMB Leaders Think Their Business Isn’t a Target for Cybercriminals

Small businesses are often thought to be a forgotten entity when it comes to cybercrime. On the surface, it seems like a fair assumption that hackers wouldn’t target small businesses when there are large enterprises with much greater assets. Unfortunately, many small business leaders fall for this “I’m not a target” mentality, when in fact, …

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HIPAA and MACRA/MIPS 2018 – What You Need to Know

As we move into the second half of the year, many practices and physicians are starting to consider the data they will need to submit under the MACRA/MIPS program.  The MACRA/MIPS rules change slightly every year, and this year is no exception.  Even though the rules have been adjusted, a basic requirement remains in place:  …

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Missouri-Based Practice Suffers Breach of Nearly 45,000 Patient Records

Despite reports that the healthcare sector is seeing fewer ransomware attacks this year than years prior, that doesn’t mean they don’t still exist. Unfortunately, for Missouri-based Blue Springs Family Care, that lesson was learned the hard way after suffering a breach of 44,979 patient records resulting from a ransomware attack. Cass-Regional Medical Center, also based …

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Healthcare Data Breaches Rise Along with Consumer Concerns of Privacy and Data Security

A recent survey conducted by the health insurance company Aetna revealed some significant results as to what consumers consider to be their most important concern in terms of healthcare. According to the survey of 1,000 consumers, concerns of patient privacy and data security are more important than the cost of care. 80% of survey respondents …

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The Psychology of Falling for a Phishing Email

Phishing is a cybercrime that has been around for many years, where targets are sent malicious emails claiming to be from a legitimate individual or organization to trick them into disclosing their sensitive information. Phishing emails remain a major threat today, however despite increased awareness of the cybercrime, cybercriminals continue to fool their targets into …

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Healthcare Data Security: Less of a Concern for U.S. Adults than Threats to Financial Information

Our healthcare data holds a multitude of sensitive information regarding our personal lives. That information could include our full name, date of birth, home address, health history, diagnoses, and test results to name a few pieces of information. While we know the data contained in our healthcare records is quite extensive, less than half of …

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$150K Proposed Settlement for Victims of 2014 Flowers Hospital Data Breach

The end may now be in sight for a four-year-long legal battle for individuals affected by a 2014 healthcare data breach. While the settlement has not yet received final court approval, the tentative settlement of the class-action lawsuit could provide more than 1,200 affected individuals of the 2014 Flowers Hospital data breach up to $150,000 …

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Exactis Database Leaks 340 Million Records of Personal Data

There is a good chance you’ve never heard of the major marketing and data aggregation company Exactis, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know you. In fact, Exactis may know a great deal of your personal information, including your email address, your home address, your habits and hobbies, your children’s ages and genders if you …

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Password Reuse: A Common Practice for 25% of Employees

  Risky cyber behavior among employees is nothing new, in fact, despite organizations becoming more aware of the state of cybersecurity, employees continue to cause data breaches in unacceptable numbers. TechRepublic looks at a recent OpenVPN survey, which dissects poor cyber hygiene among employees. Despite an increased focus on security training, 25% of the 500 …

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