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Are Healthcare Ransomware Attacks HIPAA Data Breaches?

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It was estimated that 4,000 daily ransomware attacks occurred in 2016, according to the U.S. Government Interagency Guidance Document, “How to Protect Your Networks from Ransomware.” That’s a 300 percent increase over the 1,000 daily ransomware attacks reported in 2015. As a result, covered entities (CEs) and business associates (BAs) are wondering whether ransomware attacks on private health information (PHI) …

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How to Map Your IT Strategy to Business Goals

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According to Gartner predictions for 2017, nearly a third of IT spending will happen in other departments; the perception is that IT is too slow and unwieldy, so operations outsources their IT needs. IT management requires a proactive, business-centric approach to work towards mutual company goals and create efficiency. “You need to be clear on what the strategy is, be …

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What All Healthcare Companies Need to Know About HIPAA Compliance

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Safeguarding protected health information is becoming more challenging every day—especially for companies operating in healthcare verticals who don’t always understand that compliance issues apply to them. Yet, under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule, companies operating in a variety of healthcare verticals are categorized collectively as “Business Associates” (BAs) and, as such, are required …

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Seven Common E-Commerce PCI Compliance Myths Explained

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There are so many e-Commerce PCI Myths floating around that it’s easy to find the subject confusing. Here’s the reality: If your business accepts credit cards, your transactions must comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) – a set of standards that applies to any company that accepts, processes, stores or transmits credit card data. Whether …