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Text “NO” to stop the HIPAA Violations

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

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Can You Save Money by Spending on Security?

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

When everything is running smoothly, cyber security can go unnoticed by executives. It’s only when things go wrong that it tends to enter their peripherals. This often leads to inadequate budgeting or heavy cutbacks. Unfortunately, restricting security funds can result in incidents that cost companies many times more than what they would have spent on security measures.

Because of this, security can be seen as an investment that often has a high ROI, as long as it is applied strategically and intelligently. Although no amount of money and infrastructure can make your systems 100% secure, the right measures can still help to boost a company’s bottom line.

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A well thought-out security plan is a balancing act between the costs of implementation and the potential damage of a breach. Sure, your company could invest in complex security measures, but is it justified by the risks you face?

In some situations–such as healthcare–highly advanced security is a necessity. Other businesses may be able to justify a lower level of security, particularly if they operate at a smaller scale and don’t handle sensitive data. Security needs will vary depending on industry and the individual business model, according to both the relevant regulations and the risk profile.

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Generation Z are Hitting the Workforce: is Your Business Ready to Keep them Secure?

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Generation Z are already beginning to embark on their careers. While the divide between each era is certainly blurry, those born after the mid 90s tend to have different attitudes to life and the workplace compared to those who came before them.

Understanding Generation Z, their habits and their values is crucial for any business that wants to fully embrace the next wave of talent. It’s important to remember that their different views and practices will also have a range of security ramification. From their desire to constantly stay connected down to their privacy attitudes, the way that the new generation functions means that companies need to adapt in order to stay secure.

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ePHI in Text Messages and Insecure Email: Does HIPAA allow Mutual Consent?

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

“Lets just agree that insecurely texting or emailing your medical appointments or lab results to your is OK….”  Can you actually have such a discussion and agreement with a patient or organization?

HIPAA is pretty adamant that email messages containing ePHI must be properly handled, and that includes transport encryption and archival.  However, encrypting all routine communications between doctor and patient is excessively tedious in some situations.

Enter the idea of “Mutual Consent” where doctor and patient both agree that email containing ePHI can be sent from the doctor to the patient’s regular email account without any special considerations or encryption.  This is a small “holy grail” that doctors like to imagine as “if all their patients consent then the doctors do not have to worry about secure email.”

It’s really not that simple, though.  Here we explain way.  Note that this is not intended as legal advice … you should always contact your lawyer for advice on how HIPAA applies specifically to your situation and for clarification on grey areas of the law such as this.

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