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Critical Chrome and Microsoft Edge Updates

Critical Google and Microsoft updates

Critical Update Alert Recently Microsoft and Google released a critical security update to their browsers. Since you likely use these browsers in your environment, you need to ensure that they stay up to date. Below we have included sets of instructions for updating these browsers. Please follow the guides for both browsers and perform these updates …

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Windows 11 budget

Why Windows 11 needs to be in your 2022 budget

You need Windows 11 – NOW Another Intel chip, another iPhone, Galaxy, Chromebook, etc., it seems we’re always being presented with the latest and greatest version of the technology we’re using. While most updated software and devices are feature-packed with nice-to-have additions, the choice to update is often driven by desire, rather than necessity. In …

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Online Privacy 2021

Did your privacy take a hit in 2021?

What happened to your data in 2021 We haven’t heard much about HIPAA in the past few years while the healthcare industry and regulators grappled with managing and responding to the COVID crisis. But that distraction has proven to be an ideal opportunity for hackers. In healthcare, Protenus released a new study, the 2022 Protenus …

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Email mistakes

How To Blow Your HIPAA Compliance In 1 Email

Email Mistakes It has happened again, and it won’t be the last time. The City of Boston just received their egg-in-the-face award for sending an email to all their recently-tested-positive Covid patients instructing them on the City’s policies regarding quarantine and testing going forward. No harm, no foul, except they included all of the recipients …

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russia Ukraine cyber attacks

The latest cyber news

The latest cyber news I’m sorry, I’m just not buying it. If you’ve been anywhere but under a rock lately, then you’ve heard about the Russia-Ukraine conflict. This week we were treated to the news that Russia has launched a cyberwar against Ukraine, and this is a sign that an attack is imminent. First of …

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REvil strain ransomware

Russia to the Rescue!

Russia to the Rescue! I don’t know about you, but it seems we’ve had a Russia obsession for more than a few years now. If Putin’s goal was to live in the heads of our politicians, tormenting their dreams, it sure seems he has succeeded. Not a day goes by that they’re not in the …

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hipaa violations

New HIPAA guidance

New HIPAA guidance Yesterday, December 20th, 2021, the Office for Civil Rights issued new guidance under the Privacy Rule on disclosures of PHI for Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO). Inevitably, this is going to get twisted and contorted by those on the right and the left, so let’s get to the actual ruling and define …

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Log4Shell hack

Log4Shell the simplest of hacks

The simplest of hacks… Imagine being able to hack a server simply by pasting a block of text into a chat window. Well, that’s exactly what happened to the game MineCraft’s servers over the weekend. The newly discovered vulnerability is called Log4Shell and it exploits a previously unknown weakness is a common Java library used …

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HIPAA Violations Tiers

HIPAA Violations – Twenty-Five Fines and Counting

Twenty-Five Fines and Counting Since 2019, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the HIPAA enforcement arm of the Department of Health and Human Services, has been enforcing violations of the rights of patients to have timely access to their medical records. Most recently they levied five fines against various organizations for violations of patients’ rights. …

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HIPAA Security Reminders

 

HIPAA Security Suite has developed a weekly HIPAA Security Reminder series that’s FREE for all of us who are responsible for, or engaged in, the use and protection of PHI.

Pursuant to Section 164.308(a)(5) of the HIPAA Security Rule, the Standard states: Implement a security awareness and training program for all members of its workforce (including management).

This standard is part of our Best Practices Recommendations for HIPAA Security Suite users, but it’s available for FREE to anyone who wants to comply with HIPAA using the easiest, best tools available.

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