Today, the FBI, together with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), put out an alert advising that they have credible information of an imminent cybersecurity threat to US hospitals and healthcare providers. The alert can be found here. Should you have any questions or
Covid-19 and the Challenges of a Remote Workforce
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues throughout the world, many workplaces have gone virtual. While the advent of technology makes a remote workforce possible, the newly remote workforce brings with it additional challenges to a company’s information technology (“IT”) systems. However, proper policies and procedures that govern the security of IT systems and employees’ use of such systems can go a long way to help protect an organization.
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OCR Fines Dental Practice $10,000 For Social Media Disclosures
There is no doubt that social media has its benefits, especially for medical practices that have come to use it for marketing and advertising. However, risks are lurking. On October 2, 2019, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) entered into a $10,000 settlement with a dental practice (the “Practice”) for disclosing protected health information of a patient when responding to a review on a Yelp page.
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Upcoming Seminar in Connecticut: Cyber Weapons You Must Deploy to Defeat the Criminals Stalking Your Small Business (and a Battle Plan to Launch Today)
Think your business is too small to risk a cyber security threat? Do you have:
- A point-of-sale cash register?
- A credit card authorization system?
- An email account?
- Old software?
- Any computer connected to the internet, ever?
We’ll explain the ways you never dreamed that you were at risk.
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HIPAA Enforcement In 2018 Hits All Time High
Privacy and cybersecurity is at the forefront of everyone’s mind these days and, in 2018, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) settled ten cases and prevailed in another before an Administrative Law Judge to the tune of $28,700,000. This is a new record for OCR, besting 2016 by over $5,000,000. The latest settlement clocked in at $3,000,000, owed by a health system in California that experienced two breaches of electronic protected health information (“ePHI”), which affected 62,500 individuals. The first breach involved a security configuration where persons could access files with ePHI without a username or password, thereby making ePHI available to anyone with access to the health system’s server. The second breach involved a server misconfiguration, exposing the health system’s ePHI over the internet, including social security numbers and treatment information.
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Your Cybersecurity Program is Only as Strong as Your Weakest Vendor
In this third installation of our weekly series during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we examine the importance of vendor due diligence as part of an overall cybersecurity strategy. To do that, we are re-posting the 3-minute video we created earlier this year on the risks vendors pose and simple steps to reduce those risks.
The Importance of Training
According to Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report, phishing or other forms of social engineering cause 93% of all data breaches. In order for phishing or social engineering attacks to be successful, the attacker needs a target to take the bait. Your employees often are the targets, aka the fish that bite. Therefore, in conjunction with the implementation of IT security measures, training your employees is of paramount importance to preventing these types of cybersecurity attacks. Employers must make employees aware of the risks associated with clicking on a link in a phishing email, downloading an attachment from an unknown sender or responding to requests for credential/login information or other data. …
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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month!
In recognition of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, each Friday this October, we will highlight a different step that organizations can take to increase awareness of potential cyber threats, reduce the risk of a cyber attack or minimize damage from an attack. All four steps are solutions that all organizations, regardless of size or budget, can implement. Specifically, over the course of the month we will examine information security plans, training, vendor due diligence and data retention and destruction, as tools organizations can use to arm themselves to both prevent and in the event of a cyber attack. …
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Report on Cyber Readiness of Connecticut Utility Companies
On September 18, 2018, Connecticut’s governor released an annual report on the cybersecurity sophistication and readiness of the state’s electric, natural gas and major water companies. The four participating utility companies were Aquarion, Avangrid, Connecticut Water and Eversource.
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Compliance With Established Cybersecurity Standards Provides Protection From Liability in Ohio
On August 3, 2018, the Governor in Ohio signed into law the Data Protection Act, which provides businesses with an affirmative defense to data breach claims if the business was in compliance with reasonable security measures at the time of the breach. Specifically, a business would have to show that it creates, maintains and…