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Cyber Safety when Traveling

Knowing how to stay safe online shouldn’t be restricted to your home or office. You should practice good cyber hygiene while traveling, too. This will keep your mobile devices safe, and it will help ensure you don’t bring any unwanted malware or viruses back into your home or work environment. Here are a few simple tips you can follow to stay safe when traveling. (more…)

Through an Open Window: Aetna’s Super Protected Data Breach and its Aftermath

Most HIPAA breaches making headlines these days are the result of ransomware or cyberattacks. But, Aetna has been embroiled in controversy recently due to a HIPAA breach involving snail mail. The breach touches on several issues, including the type of data breached, the way that data was breached, and the multiple organizations and various ways in which the data may have been mishandled along the way. (more…)

Data Privacy Day 2018

This Sunday, January 28th, is Data Privacy Day. Data Privacy Day is an internationally recognized day dedicated to creating awareness about the importance of privacy and protecting personal information.

Check out the National Cyber Security Alliance, a non-profit organization working with government, businesses and academic institutions to help everyone stay safe online. The NCSA is the official US leader of the STOP.THINK.CONNECT.™ global safety campaign. The goal of the campaign is to provide simple, actionable advice you can follow and use to educate others about data privacy at home, work and in the community.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). This campaign, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is focused on raising awareness about cyber security, and providing tools and resources to help everyone stay safe online. (more…)

NotPetya: This Month’s Reason to WannaCry

This week a new cyberattack, dubbed NotPetya, emerged. Ukraine was the main target of the attack, with the Ukrainian accounting software company, MEDoc, identified as the probable source. As of today, it is confirmed that NotPetya has spread to 65 countries, including the U.S., Belgium, Germany, Brazil and Russia. (more…)

Local Company Hit with Hefty HIPAA Fine

Malvern-based, CardioNet, Inc., a company that provides remote mobile cardiac monitoring and rapid response, has been hit with a $2.5 million dollar fine and placed on a two-year Corrective Action Plan (CAP) by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). On the surface, this fine may seem excessive, given that the breach in question occurred in 2012, involved a single stolen laptop, and affected only about 3,600 records. However, the breach itself was only the tip of the iceberg. (more…)