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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.

  • How CynergisTek is Helping Defend Against Ransomware

    How CynergisTek is Helping Defend Against Ransomware

    With the announcement last week from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on...

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  • FBI Warning Order: Increased and Imminent Cybercrime Threat Coordination

    FBI Warning Order: Increased and Imminent Cybercrime Threat Coordination

    On October 28th, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) coordinated a call with the CISA and the FBI about an increased and imminent cyber threat to US hospitals and healthcare providers.

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  • Enforcement of CCPA Begins July 1st While Regulations Still in the Offing

    Enforcement of CCPA Begins July 1st While Regulations Still in the Offing

    With the start of enforcement of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) arriving in a few days, the journey to adoption of the implementing regulations are moving at a snail’s pace.

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  • Right-to-repair Medical Equipment Finally Here?

    Right-to-repair Medical Equipment Finally Here?

    iFixit has provided consumers with mountains of literature including manuals. Should the medical device community have access to service materials as well?

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  • OCR Warns Hospitals: No News Media in Treatment Areas Without Patient Authorization

    OCR Warns Hospitals: No News Media in Treatment Areas Without Patient Authorization

    The OCR recently issued guidance reminding health care providers that the COVID-19 emergency has not changed the federal health privacy protections.

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  • CMS Waivers Under COVID-19: An Overview of Compliance Considerations – Part 4

    CMS Waivers Under COVID-19: An Overview of Compliance Considerations – Part 4

    In part 4 of this blog series, Marti Arvin discusses compliance considerations around the waivers that the (CMS) has issued for the healthcare industry.

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  • CMS Waivers Under COVID-19: An Overview of Compliance Considerations – Part 3

    CMS Waivers Under COVID-19: An Overview of Compliance Considerations – Part 3

    In part 3 of this blog series, Marti Arvin discusses compliance considerations around the waivers that the (CMS) has issued for the healthcare industry.

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  • CMS Waivers Under COVID-19: An Overview of Compliance Considerations – Part 2

    CMS Waivers Under COVID-19: An Overview of Compliance Considerations – Part 2

    In part 2 of this blog series, Marti Arvin discusses compliance considerations around the waivers that the (CMS) has issued for the healthcare industry.

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  • CMS Waivers Under COVID-19: An Overview of Compliance Considerations – Part 1

    CMS Waivers Under COVID-19: An Overview of Compliance Considerations – Part 1

    Marti Arvin discusses compliance considerations around the waivers that the (CMS) Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued for the healthcare industry.

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  • Incident Response Survival Guidance During the Coronavirus Crisis

    Incident Response Survival Guidance During the Coronavirus Crisis

    There is no doubt that the U.S. is in an unprecedented time right now. As of early-March 2020, the federal government in the United States has taken the unheard-of action to have every single...

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  • CyberWire X - Episode 5: Complementary colors: teaming tactics in cybersecurity.

    CyberWire X - Episode 5: Complementary colors: teaming tactics in cybersecurity.

    In this episode of CyberWire-X investigates how security teaming approaches have changed over time. Caleb Barlow discusses the value of teaming for organizations large and small.

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  • How to Practice Good Cyber Hygiene for Medical Equipment During COVID-19

    How to Practice Good Cyber Hygiene for Medical Equipment During COVID-19

    Matt Dimino's latest blog discusses how to practice good cyber hygiene for medical equipment when it comes to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • COVID-19 Email Phishing Against U.S. Healthcare Providers

    COVID-19 Email Phishing Against U.S. Healthcare Providers

    The FBI today released a FLASH alert to U.S. healthcare providers regarding phishing attacks. The FBI was notified of targeted email phishing attempts against U.S.-based medical providers.

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  • Increased Threats to Medical Facilities

    Increased Threats to Medical Facilities

    Threat Actors Exploitation of COVID-19 Pandemic – Increased Threats to Medical Facilities On April 20, The FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate in Coordination with the Office of Private...

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  • COVID-19: Tips for Secure Remote Worksites, Telehealth Video, and Messaging

    COVID-19: Tips for Secure Remote Worksites, Telehealth Video, and Messaging

    David Holtzman discusses tips on how to keep secure remote worksites, telehealth video, and messaging during the COVID-19 Outbreak.

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  • Supporting Medical Equipment Demands During COVID-19

    Supporting Medical Equipment Demands During COVID-19

    How Clinical Engineering Can Address Medical Device Shortages Many may not realize or understand how these difficult times during the COVID-19 crisis influence the extensive and unique use of...

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  • OCR Relaxes HIPAA Rules for COVID-19 Testing Sites

    OCR Relaxes HIPAA Rules for COVID-19 Testing Sites

    Mobile, walk-up and drive-through COVID-19 testing sites operated by hospitals, healthcare providers, and pharmacy chains are the latest beneficiaries of a series of targeted measures to relax...

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  • Telehealth and Coronavirus: Compliance Considerations to Think About

    Telehealth and Coronavirus: Compliance Considerations to Think About

    Things are changing rapidly in the current regulatory environment and that is true for telehealth as well. On March 13, 2020 the President declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency....

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  • Multiple Government Agencies Release Joint Security Threat Alert Related to COVID-19 Crisis

    Multiple Government Agencies Release Joint Security Threat Alert Related to COVID-19 Crisis

    The unprecedented times we are living in continue to evolve. In a rare move, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the...

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  • Thinking About the Unthinkable: Preparing for Incident Response with a Remote Workforce

    Thinking About the Unthinkable: Preparing for Incident Response with a Remote Workforce

    Background on Incident Response During Coronavirus Pandemic The coronavirus pandemic has pushed many healthcare organizations to allow an increased number to shift to a remote workforce...

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