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Read the latest blog posts by CynergisTek's team of experts related to various healthcare cybersecurity, privacy, compliance, and managed print topics.

  • OCR Business Associate Fact Sheet Sets Floor and AMCA Breach Shows Why We Must Do More

    OCR Business Associate Fact Sheet Sets Floor and AMCA Breach Shows Why We Must Do More

    Why Having a Vendor Security Management Program is Necessary News of a cybersecurity incident compromising the personally identifiable information of the American Medical Collections Agency...

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  • End-of-Life is Not a Suggestion, It Is a Fact

    End-of-Life is Not a Suggestion, It Is a Fact

    About five years ago everyone who worked in IT was talking and thinking about how to deal with the impending end-of-life for the massively popular Windows XP operating system. At that time, I was...

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  • Why Workforce Cybersecurity Education and Training is Essential

    Why Workforce Cybersecurity Education and Training is Essential

    Organizations consistently struggle with the need to maintain a well-trained, well-informed, workforce but relegate the need to online Computer Based Trainings (CBTs) that provide little true...

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  • HHS Proposed Information Blocking Rules and OCR FAQs

    HHS Proposed Information Blocking Rules and OCR FAQs

    The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released its long-awaited proposed rule on interoperability and information blocking, the 21st Century Cures Act, by identifying conduct that is not...

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  • Learn What We Found After Assessing Organizations' Conformance with NIST CSF and HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules

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  • The Future of Healthcare Security

    The Future of Healthcare Security

    The start of a new year causes us to reflect on the past year and determine both the current state of the industry as well as where we are heading. As 2018 began everyone poured over the 2017...

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  • A Management Model To Address Medical Device Risks

    A Management Model To Address Medical Device Risks

    Would You Like a Wake-Up Call? Looking back, the December 2016 Food and Drug Administration’s Pre-Market and Post-Market Cybersecurity Management Guidance captured the attention of many medical...

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  • Documentation: The Necessary Evil of IT

    Documentation: The Necessary Evil of IT

    One of the most dreaded terms in the world of information technology and security (IT/IS) is “documentation”. Not because it isn’t massively helpful to everyone, or really for any reason other...

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  • Sneak Peek of CynergisTek’s Presentations at HIMSS19

    Sneak Peek of CynergisTek’s Presentations at HIMSS19

    The annual HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition is fast approaching. From February 11 to 15, Orlando, Florida, will be the home for over 45,000 professionals from 90 international locations....

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  • 2018 Educational Workshop Feedback

    2018 Educational Workshop Feedback

    Cyber-attacks have been an increasing security and privacy threat to organizations, in fact the 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study: Global Overview by Ponemon states that the health industry has one...

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  • Our Top Blog Posts from 2018

    Our Top Blog Posts from 2018

    There were many changes within the healthcare industry, as well as a number of legislative changes in 2018. Throughout the year, our team of industry experts authored blog posts discussing these...

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  • Bankers Life Affected By Hacking Incident

    Bankers Life Affected By Hacking Incident

    Marti Arvin, VP of Audit Strategy, and Marianne McGee from Healthcare Info Security sat down to further discuss the hacking incident at Bankers Life.

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  • CynergisTek and CHIME Collaborate on Healthcare Cybersecurity Program Research

    CynergisTek and CHIME Collaborate on Healthcare Cybersecurity Program Research

    In November of 2018, CynergisTek collaborated with CHIME to examine the top healthcare cybersecurity challenges for CIOs with its survey, “Addressing the Security Gaps in Health IT.” Through most...

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  • Zero Days vs. Standard Ways

    Zero Days vs. Standard Ways

    A few days ago, a new vulnerability was found that affects the security of encrypted data, specifically on full-disk encrypted drives using hardware encryption protocols. For some time now, it has...

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  • Mobile Devices in the Healthcare Academic Medical Center: Why Are They So Difficult to Control?

    Mobile Devices in the Healthcare Academic Medical Center: Why Are They So Difficult to Control?

    In today’s healthcare environment, mobile devices are rampant. Controlling the nature and method of data stored on these devices is not easy in most industries – and mobile devices in the...

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  • Changes to New California Privacy Law Exempts Some Healthcare Organizations

    Changes to New California Privacy Law Exempts Some Healthcare Organizations

    Much has been written about the potential impacts that the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CaCPA) could make on health care organizations and their business partners. The California...

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  • IoT Security: How to Effectively Manage Endpoint Device Security

    IoT Security: How to Effectively Manage Endpoint Device Security

    IoT security is one of the most concerning and critical issues that we in healthcare face on a daily basis. All industries are affected by IoT devices threatening the integrity of their network...

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  • User Access Monitoring: Convincing Your Governing Body that You Need to do This

    User Access Monitoring: Convincing Your Governing Body that You Need to do This

    User access monitoring is a requirement under the HIPAA Security Rule. However, the specifics of what must be done remain a little cloudy. The regulations state, “implement hardware, software,...

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  • Are State AGs Picking Up Slack in HIPAA Enforcement?

    Are State AGs Picking Up Slack in HIPAA Enforcement?

    David Holtzman was recently interviewed by Marianne Kolbasuk McGee of Information Security Media Group about The Arc of Erie County lawsuit which encountered a data breach that impacted more than...

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  • Ohio Creates Incentives to Proactively Adopt Cybersecurity Programs

    Ohio Creates Incentives to Proactively Adopt Cybersecurity Programs

    A new Ohio law, the Data Protection Act, incentivizes businesses and not-for-profit organizations that proactively put into place cybersecurity programs to safeguard electronic information...

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  • OCR Updates Audit Protocol Emphasizing its Role for Compliance and Enforcement

    OCR Updates Audit Protocol Emphasizing its Role for Compliance and Enforcement

    The US Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has without fanfare updated its comprehensive audit protocol, making substantive changes to inquiries to demonstrate...

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