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HIPAA Security: Create security checklist

October 20, 2017Ebba Blitz

A. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. It is the perfect time to evaluate your own data breach risk.Don't leave the “keys on your doorstep”—Encrypt your hard drive. This will protect all information stored on your computer.Login passwords stored in your browser—Sensitive data isn't only stored on devices directly but is often accessible via online storage services that allow users to remotely access company data in the cloud. However, if you have clicked...

AlertSec, Cyber Security, Ebba Blitz, HIPAA

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Cybersecurity: Is your business at risk?

October 20, 2017Guest Commentary

While data breaches at large businesses such as Equifax, Target, Anthem, Yahoo and major health systems often make the headlines, the majority of data breaches affect small businesses. Typically, small businesses do not have the resources to organize and fund a sophisticated IT security program. Hackers know this, which gives them an advantage when targeting a business to attack.Most unsuspecting victims find out about an attack when it's too late. In fact, insurance experts estimate that 60% of...

Cyber Security, Jeremy Kauten, The VGM Group

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Airway Oxygen hit by ransomware attack

July 5, 2017HME News Staff

WYOMING, Mich. - Airway Oxygen has experienced a ransomware attack affecting 500,000 individuals, according to the breach portal of the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services. In a notice to customers, Airway Oxygen said it learned that an unidentified criminal(s) had gained access to its technical infrastructure and installed ransomware to deny the company access to its own data. “We have no indication that any of your protected health information stored on...

Airway Oxygen, Cyber Security, Data Breach, Ransomware

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Cyber attacks? Providers say they're armed

June 9, 2017Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - A recent ransomware attack on healthcare organizations in more than a dozen countries served as reminder to HME providers of the importance of investing in cyber security.Unlike a typical computer attack, in which hackers steal data, a ransomware attack involves using malicious software to encrypt documents, images and other files, essentially holding them hostage until the victim pays to have them unlocked.“I like to think we've been vigilant all along,” said Chris...

Cyber Security, Ransomware, Rob Duryea, VGM Forbin

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Cyber Security: Play offense

August 22, 2016Rob Duryea

A. According to Ernst & Young, only 38% of businesses are prepared for a cyber-attack. While companies are slow to rise to the threat, cybercriminals are ramping up the sophistication and speed of their attacks. Even if you consider yourself prepared, what are you doing to protect your company from future threats?Over the last three months, we have covered how to prevent a security breach as it relates to business owners, employees, and patients/customers. We've empowered readers to defend their...

Cyber Security, Rob Duryea, VGM Forbin

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Cyber Security: Be a PHI poster child

July 25, 2016Rob Duryea

A. In 2015 alone more than 100 million patient health records were compromised. Fully protecting patient information has become a never-ending fight, according to the Office of Civil Rights under Health and Human Services. Even if you're keeping your patients' records under lock and key, the patients themselves may be sharing their private information through any number of social media platforms.  Last month, we covered how to prevent a security breach from the inside and next month we will...

Cyber Security, Patient health information, Rob Duryea, VGM Forbin

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Cyber Security: Secure the human

June 21, 2016Rob Duryea

A. Your employees are your greatest asset, but when it comes to cyber security, they are also your biggest threat. According to a recent study by McAfee, 43% of all company data loss or breaches are caused by employees and only half are accidental. How do we prevent such a catastrophe?  We secure the human!Last month, we focused on how to prepare your cyber security defense, and next month we will focus on your patients/customers. This month, we'll discuss four ways you can prevent a security...

Cyber Security, Rob Duryea, VGM Forbin

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Cyber Security: Build a good defense

May 23, 2016Rob Duryea

A. The best defense is a good offense is a common saying in the Marine Corps and should be in cyber security. Most small businesses think they are too small to be attacked but, in the enemy's eyes, you are a soft target. In 2014, 60% of all online attacks targeted small and mid-sized businesses. With most small businesses lacking resources and one in four small business owners having little to no understanding of security threats, you are the prime target. Throughout this four-part series, we...

Cyber Security, Data Breach, Rob Duryea, VGM Forbin

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