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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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Security Awareness Training – Time to Jump on the Bandwagon

Human-error; we talk about it all the time, but what exactly do we mean? Human-error occurs when an individual performs a task or does something with an unintended outcome. It’s easy to point the finger at employee’s as being an organization’s weakest link, but without appropriate security awareness training provided by the employer, how can …

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HHS’ OCR proposes HIPAA change to share settlements of data breaches with victims

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is planning to issue an advance notice of proposed rulemaking this November that could be a major game changer for HIPAA breach settlements. According to the Data Protection Report, the OCR plans to get the public’s input on a policy change …

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Insiders to Blame for Poor Cybersecurity in Healthcare

It comes as no surprise that the healthcare industry is a prime target for cybercriminals. Since it’s easy to recognize the potential profit in stealing Protected Health Information (PHI), it is crucial to know and understand the potential security threats that exist, including threats from the inside. Verizon found in their 2018 Protected Health Information …

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Two San Francisco Hospitals Suffer Breach of Patient Data

According to the San Francisco Public Health Department, nearly 900 patients at two San Francisco hospitals had their personal information breached. On Friday, the Department stated that the breach occurred at San Francisco General and Laguna Honda hospitals when a former employee of one of the hospitals’ vendors gained unauthorized accessed the patient data. An …

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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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