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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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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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