Protecting Your Privacy & Mental Health: How Health Data Brokers Sell Lists of Depression & Anxiety Sufferers

Personal data privacy has become a prime concern in today's digital age. With the advancement in technology, our personal information is more accessible than ever before. Health data brokers are one such entity raising concerns among people about their privacy and mental health. Want information on people with mental health issues such as anxiety or depression? Health data brokers are increasingly collecting [...]

2023-07-25T09:32:26-04:00April 10th, 2023|

What is HITRUST for Healthcare?

Often, there is a disconnect between what people think HITRUST for healthcare is and what it actually is. HITRUST is an acronym for the Health Information Trust (HITRUST) Alliance. The Alliance is an independent testing organization. HITRUST offers what is known as the “HITRUST CSF®,” a security framework that provides organizations with a comprehensive and flexible approach to HIPAA compliance and risk management. [...]

2023-07-25T09:36:30-04:00April 6th, 2023|

Protecting Patient Data: The Importance of HIPAA Compliant VPN in Healthcare

A virtual private network (VPN) is a network technology that securely connects two or more devices over the internet. VPNs are commonly used to protect internet traffic from interception, snooping, and censorship. VPNs in healthcare can be used to securely access electronic medical records (EMRs) and other patient data from remote locations. HIPAA compliance refers to the set of regulations that healthcare [...]

2023-07-25T09:46:11-04:00April 3rd, 2023|

The Rise of Cybercrime: What the 2022 IC3 Report Reveals About Healthcare

The internet has revolutionized how we communicate, connect, and conduct business. It has provided us with endless opportunities and has made our lives easier in many ways. However, with the rise of technology, there has also been an increase in cybercrime, posing a significant threat to cybersecurity. The 2022 Internet Crime Report has revealed alarming statistics about the rampant rise in cybercrime, [...]

2023-07-25T09:49:46-04:00March 30th, 2023|

Healthcare Remains Top Target in 2022 ITRC Breach Report

At least 344 organizations in the healthcare industry suffered data breaches in 2022, according to a just-released report from the Identity Theft Research Center® (ITRC). This is the third consecutive year that healthcare organizations led all industries in the number of data compromises noted in the ITRC report. Healthcare organizations represented 19 percent of the 1,802 breaches reported in the 2022 ITRC [...]

2023-07-25T11:16:07-04:00January 25th, 2023|

HIPAA Compliant Cloud Storage: How to Pick the Right Solution

As an MSP working with healthcare clients, you must consider compliance. This is because there are several areas in which you can interact with patient data. This may include backups, fileshare platforms, hosted VoIP, or any other cloud apps that have access to client data. Your healthcare clients need to trust that you are using HIPAA compliant tools to manage their data, including the cloud storage [...]

2023-07-25T13:14:14-04:00December 9th, 2022|

Cybersecurity Response Plans and CIRCIA

In March 2022, President Joe Biden signed the Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act of 2022 (CIRCIA). This new law will likely trigger changes to the cybersecurity response plans of many organizations. While there is not currently a standard to enforce, healthcare providers and the companies that provide support services to them will be affected by this new law.  CIRCIA Background [...]

2023-07-25T15:49:58-04:00November 14th, 2022|

Managing Security: Healthcare Cybersecurity Policies and Standards

Establishing a healthcare cybersecurity policy is important for multiple reasons. Cybersecurity policies create standards for your staff, enabling them to keep sensitive information private. HIPAA requires healthcare organizations to have policies and procedures that limit the use and disclosure of patient information, and to ensure that it is not accessed inappropriately. How to Create Your Healthcare Data Security Policy Cybersecurity policies provide [...]

2023-07-25T16:33:18-04:00November 4th, 2022|

Managing Technology: Medical Device Security

Managing your organization’s cybersecurity is complex. Many fail to account for medical device security, forgetting that these devices connect to the internet, making them vulnerable. Medical device security standards are essential to consider as part of your overall security strategy. Medical Device Security Standards Medical device security is imperative to safeguard protected health information (PHI) adequately. Many medical devices, such as MRI [...]

2023-07-25T16:37:46-04:00November 2nd, 2022|

HIPAA Cyber Incident Response Requirements

The HHS cybersecurity best practices serve as a guide healthcare organizations can adopt to improve their security posture. One of these best practices is security incident response.  HIPAA requires healthcare organizations to report security incidents to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). HIPAA defines a security incident as “the attempted or successful unauthorized access, use, disclosure, modification, or destruction of information or [...]

2023-07-26T08:58:58-04:00October 31st, 2022|