Healthcare professionals are gatekeepers to a variety of confidential information about their patients and the businesses that they work for, and for this reason, they are a highly coveted target by cybercriminals. Being on guard and alert all year is critical when you are overseeing the Protected Health Information (PHI) of your patients. Be aware, […]
In your home, it is likely that you have at minimum a pile of paperwork and records that you’ve held onto “just in case you need it” for a possible tax audit, warranty, to make a return, or several other random reasons you’ll need to reference it in the future. No one ever seems to […]
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What Is MFA? Multi-Factor Authentication, or as it has become commonly known, MFA, is the practice of “doubling down” on your login security. You are using Multiple (more than one) Factors (ways or methods) to Authenticate (verify) your identity when you access an account. When you hear the term 2FA, this means that you need […]
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or as it is commonly known as HIPAA, was created to set standards nationally. These are in place to protect the personal health information and medical records of individuals as well as give them access easily. As the March 1st deadline for reporting a breach draws closer, knowing […]
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March 1st, 2022 is the deadline for breach reporting for HIPAA-covered entities and their business associates – and the date is fast approaching! The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule requirement means that HIPAA-covered entities, as well as any of their business associates, notify the appropriate parties, including the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Secretary of Health […]
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An astronomical increase of 450% would be a wonderful thing if we are talking about revenues or productivity. But when it comes to COVID-19 related phishing attacks, that percentage in the jump of attacks from 2019 to 2020 is staggering – and a serious issue that needs to be addressed. According to the ForgeRock 2021 […]
It’s fast and easy, and you can often work more efficiently with an email exchange than if you must make phone calls or schedule appointments to discuss patient care. But where does that exchange fall when it comes to HIPAA compliance? The HIPAA Security Rule introduced several requirements to consider before an email can be […]
In simple summary, a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) is a legal contract that exists between a Covered Entity and a Business Associate who comes into contact with Protected Health Information (PHI). Sometimes called a Business Associate Contract, it is critical and required to maintain HIPAA compliance. With the main bulk of PHI being stored electronically, […]
What is Phishing? Phishing is the practice of tricking users by imitating reputable companies in order to reveal personal or confidential information which can then be used in a more illicit manner. This is done via a deceptive email or website, and often in a combination of both. Spear phishing takes the manipulation one step […]