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OCR Cyber Security Newsletter: Risk Analyses vs. Gap Analyses – What is the difference?

April 2018 OCR Cyber Security Newsletter Risk Analyses vs. Gap Analyses – What is the difference? The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules require covered entities and their business associates to safeguard electronic protected health information (ePHI) through reasonable and appropriate security measures. One of these measures required …

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Mitigating Insider Threats in Healthcare

It is no secret that healthcare data breaches are on the rise. While we often hear about hackers targeting the healthcare industry, you may be surprised to learn that more healthcare data breaches are caused by insiders than hackers! In their recent Protected Health Information Data Breach Report, Verizon has found that 58% of all …

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Why SMEs and SMBs Fail After A Cyberattack

Malicious cyberattacks are increasing every day around the globe. In fact, cyber-incidents nearly doubled from 82,000 incidents in 2016, to 159,700 in 2017. While the media often depicts large corporations as the primary target for cyberattacks, small business are just as likely – if not more likely to be targeted. An article on CSO looks …

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Effective Security Training Requires Change in Employee Behavior

  Many organizations spend countless hours and resources on training their employees, only to find that their business has suffered a data breach caused by human error. Despite the quality and frequency of a security awareness training program, if employees are not engaged in training or feeling a sense of motivation to protect their organization, …

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You Received a Letter from OCR, Now What?

This article was written by Matt Fisher and originally appeared on the Mirick O’Connell Health Law Blog.  It is published here with permission. At some point in time most group practices, hospitals or other provider organizations will receive a letter from the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”). The letter will state that OCR received a …

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Federal Trade Commission Warns of Fake Invoice Phishing Scams

Phishing has become a common threat faced by organizations in today’s digital era.  While cybercriminals are enhancing their tactics to make their attempts seem more legitimate, they continue to recycle old scams, making only minor changes to trick their victims. An old phishing attempt has recently started resurfacing where scammers pose as a well-known tech …

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FBI Warns Small Businesses to Beware of Cybercriminals

It is no secret that the Internet has become a key component of our daily lives for personal and business use alike. Unfortunately, the dependency of the Internet in today’s culture has become quite clear to cybercriminals, making security an incredibly important concern, especially for small businesses. An article on Homeland Security Today explores the …

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OCR February 2018 Cybersecurity Newsletter: Phishing

In the February OCR Cybersecurity Newsletter, they give very good information on Phishing and how to avoid being a victim.  The newsletter is reprinted below:   February 2018 Cybersecurity Newsletter Phishing Phishing is a type of cyber-attack used to trick individuals into divulging sensitive information via electronic communication by impersonating a trustworthy source. For example, …

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How Does the Dark Web Impact Small Businesses?

Identity theft is an unfortunate occurrence that is all too familiar with most business owners, but do those individuals know where the compromised data will end up? Often, these business owners are unaware of the virtual marketplace where stolen data is purchased and sold by cybercriminals; a place known as the “Dark Web”.  An article …

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