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The Long Anticipated Next Round of HIPAA Audits Finally Taking Shape

We have been urging clients, covered entities and business associates to prepare for almost two years. As I have said many times, being prepared for an audit is more about taking the appropriate and responsible steps toward compliance and security than it is about the...

What Hospitals Need to Know (and DO) about Vulnerable Medical Devices

On the popular tv show Homeland, Vice President Walden’s hacked pacemaker became the weapon for his assassination. In an interview last year, former Vice President Dick Cheney confirmed that the possibility of his pacemaker being hacked had been discussed...

Severe HIPAA Penalty Serves as a Warning

The Department  of Health and Human Services released news last week that a HIPAA Covered Entity health care provider has incurred a $1.7M fine as the result of just one unencrypted laptop that went missing from one of their satellite facilities. This penalty was...

Don’t Let End of Life for Software be the End of Your Security

Compliance Issues Raised by the End of Life for Windows XP Software It’s the end of the road for Windows XP. The very popular and widely used Microsoft operating system will have officially reached its “end of life” for organizations in the United States. As of...

10 Ways to Avoid the Negative Effects of Social Engineering

Social Engineering – gaining unauthorized information by deception, including fraudulent activities meant to gain access to computer systems that are protected by passwords, user IDs, etc. Social Engineering is one of the most overlooked...