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HIPAA Security: Create security checklist

Q. What are some basic steps I can take to reduce a cyber attack?

A. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. It is the perfect time to evaluate your own data breach risk.

Cybersecurity: Is your business at risk?


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.

Airway Oxygen hit by ransomware attack


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.

Cyber attacks? Providers say they’re armed


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.

Cyber Security: Play offense

Q. How can I protect my company from future threats?

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.

Cyber Security: Be a PHI poster child

Q. How do you keep your patients/customers cyber-safe?

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.

Cyber Security: Secure the human

Q. Are your employees a cyber security asset or liability?

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.

Cyber Security: Build a good defense

Q. Am I at risk for a data breach?

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.