A Call to Action for Healthcare IT Security

During National Health IT Week, I am encouraged to see such a concerted effort led by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).  Health IT Week has become a rallying point for the healthcare industry to face the challenges of advancing services with expanding technology while maintaining the security and level of service patients require. … Continued

Obstacles to EMV Adoption Common to IT Security Funding and Progress

In the 1980s, EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) technology using a chip embedded in credit cards was responsible for a drastic drop in fraud involving cloned credit cards that was rampant in following the fall of the Iron Curtain. Despite good arguments for (and against) EMV technology as the worldwide standard and intense pressure from … Continued

Teach Employees the Risks that Come with Removable Storage

In life and business today we have the luxury of technology that provides unprecedented convenience and productivity.  But some of the same tools that help us do more also threaten our security and could potentially undo all our hard work. Wherever your company’s critical data or client/patient personal data can be stored or accessed, you … Continued

HIPAA Compliance as a Marketing Tool

If your company provides services within the healthcare industry that qualify it as a Business Associate (BA), the extra requirements of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules can actually work in your company’s favor. When your sales agents and account managers are able to speak to your company’s compliance efforts and data security, prospects are reassured that your … Continued

Are Cyber Security Risks Overstated?

Our Loricca team is based in Tampa, Florida. We happen to be in the middle of a (thankfully) light hurricane season. We like to tell ourselves we are not really at risk. Maybe that’s what people in California tell themselves about earthquakes. I often hear the same sentiment from executives and IT leaders about their … Continued

Every Employee is an MVP to Your Incident Response Team

If (when) your company encounters an IT security incident or data breach, you will need every employee ready to respond quickly and effectively as appropriate for their position. Hopefully you have an incident response plan in place and your IT team is alert and has practiced and prepared to execute that plan when necessary. Do not overlook those outside … Continued

Has Your Risk Assessment Hit the Mark?

When we work with new clients who have come to us because they have experienced a data breach or security incident, they often express frustration because they thought they had taken the necessary steps to secure their systems and data only to learn the hard way that something may have been missed. More often than not, … Continued

The Business Case for Proactive IT Security and Compliance

As an executive in healthcare, eCommerce, or any industry relying heavily on data and technology (that includes just about everything) you are faced with difficult decisions every day. You know you cannot do everything you would like to do or even everything you should do – at least not today. You face a constant battle … Continued

HIPAA Business Associate Breakdown

Business Associate, Yes or No? The HIPAA Privacy Rule requires Covered Entities to take certain steps to ensure that contractors and vendors requiring access to Protected Health Information (PHI) manage and use that information safely and responsibly. Such a vendor or contractor, of course, is called a “business associate” (BA). While most of us think we … Continued

Run Scans to Keep Software and Tools Current

Even the top of the line security system will not protect your network or critical data if it becomes outdated. Many people do not realize the changes that can take place and the updates that can be missed in the time between a new computer being boxed and shipped to the store and then being … Continued

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