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Phishing Scams: A Growing Threat for Small Businesses

In a recent warning, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has cautioned consumers and small businesses about the continuing and growing threat of phishing scams. In the statement, the FTC has expressed that while cybercriminals continue to send out mass emails asking bluntly for personal information, they have become more sophisticated in their attempts. Small businesses …

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Allergy practice pays $125,000 for doctor’s inappropriate disclosure of PHI

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has reached a $125,000 settlement with Allergy Associates of Hartford, P.C. for a HIPAA violation dating back to February 2015. According to the agency, who released a statement on November 26, the violation occurred when an Allergy Associates’ patient contacted a local television station to discuss a dispute that …

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VUMC Uses Multi-Factor Authentication to Combat Phishing Attacks

Educating employees on security awareness and the dangers posed by cybercriminals is critical to any organization. While you can train employees on what to look for and how to best protect your practice, cybercriminals will continue to find unique and more sophisticated ways to trick individuals and gain access to the sensitive data they’re trying …

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Why Physicians Need Improved Cybersecurity Education

A recent survey conducted by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the consulting firm Accenture surveyed 1,300 U.S. physicians to find out about their experiences and attitudes towards cybersecurity. Unsettling findings in the survey revealed a lack of cybersecurity education among physicians. The five key findings of the survey as reported by the AMA and …

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Why Your Employees Break the Rules

It’s no secret that employees violate security policies. Whether we’d like to admit it or not, there’s a good chance we have all violated a security policy once upon a time. Sometimes, employees violate policies to save time or make their job easier, and sometimes, they don’t even know they’re doing it. How do you …

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Phishing Attack Leaves 37K Gold Coast Health Plan Members’ PHI at Risk

On October 5, California-based Gold Coast Health Plan (GCHP) informed the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) that a phishing attack may have exposed the protected health information of 37,005 plan members. The attack occurred when hackers successfully tricked a GCHP employee with a phishing email, which allowed the hackers access to that employee’s email account …

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Why Hackers Target Healthcare

Cybercriminals have been targeting the healthcare industry for years.  As healthcare has become the second largest sector of the U.S. economy, it should come as no surprise that the industry receives special attention from hackers. Aside from its size, what else accounts for the indisputable interest cybercriminals have in exploiting healthcare? Hackers Set Sights on …

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Business Email Compromise Scams – Here to Stay

Business email compromise (BEC) scams remain one of the most widely used attack vectors among cybercriminals to date. In fact, cybercriminals are finding so much success in exploiting human vulnerabilities through BEC scams that their frequencies have been dramatically increasing. What is a BEC scam? In a BEC scam, the attacker gains access to an …

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HIPAA Violations During ‘Boston Med’ Filming Leave Three Boston Hospitals with $999,000 in Fines

On September 20, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights announced a fine of $999,000 for three Boston hospitals, all of which violated HIPAA while allowing ABC’s TV series “Boston Med” to film the show in their facilities. Boston Medical Center (BMC), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and Massachusetts General Hospital …

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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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