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Mystery Shopper Scams

Today, many people are working more than one job, and with the flexible options of contractor work, or work as needed opportunities, you can likely find something that fits your schedule and financial needs.  Maybe you are looking for a little bit of extra work to make ends meet, or a way to save up …

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Ransomware Attack on CT Optometry Office Raises Tax Fraud Concerns

Ransomware Attack on CT Optometry Office Raises Tax Fraud Concerns Cybercriminals target businesses of all industries and sizes, however, it seems as though their sights are set more on small and medium-sized businesses than large corporations. While there are many factors that may influence the shift of attention to small businesses, one explanation stands out, …

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Email Hack Leads to Valley Hope Association Breach of Patient Data

Valley Hope Association (VHA), a Kansas-based addiction treatment organization with 16 facilities in seven Midwest states has started notifying patients that their information may have been compromised in a data breach. After officials found suspicious activity on an employee’s email account in October, an investigation was launched. VHA hired a forensics team to uncover details …

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Ransomware Is Alive and Well – Here Are 10 Tips to Help Protect Your Organization

  Remember ransomware? The malicious software that blocks computer access until a ransom demand is paid? The threat was huge and dominated headlines in the past but seems to have slowed down in recent months. Could the decline in publications citing ransomware as the cause of a data breach or loss of data indicate that …

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5 Tips for Protecting Your Electronic Health Records

As the value of healthcare data remains high, there is no denying that healthcare organizations make prime targets for cybercriminals. To wreak havoc and make a profit from compromised patient data, cybercriminals exploit weak spots in healthcare organizations, whether that be a loophole in the security of the server, poorly trained employees, or a variety …

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Business Identity Theft Is on the Rise

Identity theft is not a new crime, in fact, criminals have been altering and improving their techniques to capture and use stolen information for years. While identity theft historically targets an individual consumer, an increasing number of criminals are now targeting businesses instead. What is identity theft? Identity theft occurs when someone pretends to be …

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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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