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Author: Donna Grindle and David Sims

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In today's environment of data breaches, identity theft, fraud, and increasing connectivity, HIPAA Privacy and Security rules are a responsibility to your patients and your clients. HIPAA isn't about compliance, it's about patient care.
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More HIPAA COVID examples, another OCR action announced and it is the last week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Time to get informed and #BeCyberSmart about connected devices. More info at
We get to week 3 of #BeCyberSmart NCSAM. We had no idea when we made this plan that OCR would start dropping settlements at the same time. After a pretty quiet year they announced more settlements in September than they ever had in a single month before. Again, we have a lot to review! Reminds me of one of my favorite movie quotes: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”  Ferris Bueller More info at
Our commitment to include #BeCyberSmart each week this month did not anticipate that OCR would set a record for resolution announcements in September. This week we give you info to plan for next week’s activities for NCSAM plus a review of the Athens Orthopedic resolution agreement. A lot to cover! More at
The first week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2020 is next week. The theme: If You Connect It, Protect It. How can you use it in your organization? We cover that plus OCR’s 5 resolutions in one announcement reiterating their commitment to patient access rights. For more info:
We missed the boat on National Insider Threat Awareness month in Sept: Insider Threat Mitigation but we are not going to miss NCSAM this year. Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart and If You Connect It, Protect It. are going to be all over the place here in October. More at
There is so much going on right now it is hard to keep up. I know there is a lot of activity when we can’t keep an eye on everything! There are several stories that I think we should all be aware of but the big headline one is about HIPAA changes coming in 2020. However, it isn’t the only one about changes that you should be aware of also. More info at
This episode is the continuation of our Cybersecurity Tales Part 1 last week. We get into more discussions about real world cases involving cyber attacks the team at Black Talon have been called for data breach response. This part is where David really started getting scared! More info at
Recently we talked with Gary Salman, CEO of Black Talon Security. Our discussion was lively and full of great stories and tips. There was so much there we decided to break this into two episodes. This is part 1 and next week we will share part 2. Let’s get started on cybersecurity tales! More at
After teaching our 3-day HIPAA Boot Camp we were pretty exhausted. In this episode we are discussing the interesting things David found when reading articles about cybersecurity myths.  More info at
Here Comes Trouble - Ep 268

Here Comes Trouble - Ep 268


Today we are going to cover what we expected to see start happening after the rush to convert us all to work from home. The discussions about our concern that no one was paying attention except the criminals is starting to come to fruition.  More info at
Everywhere we turn this year we are dealing with chaos and stress. Can we all just sing Kumbaya and make it go away? If it was only that easy.   Just because craziness has happened doesn't mean HIPAA goes out the window. As we all try to navigate the unknown we can not forget that the criminals thrive on chaos like this. If you aren’t protecting your information a data breach becomes almost inevitable. It is important to understand the data breach costs you are looking at when one occurs. More info at
These new settlements from OCR should be new required reading. There is very little guessing about their expectations in these CAPs. Specifically mentioning encryption requirements and mobile device management is not ambiguous at all. Things are getting real folks! More info at
There are plenty of things happening that you should be aware of including a new settlement announcement from OCR. This and more things happening out there you should know about! More info at
So happy that we are finally doing this show in time to remind you to use the free security awareness training resources available for October which is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). There are a lot of free resources available to promote security awareness under that program released each year. Today we are discussing how to use these resources to  work out a plan for your training through out October!   More at  
The threat of ransomware continues to be a major issue for all businesses. MSPs were a gateway for mass cyber attacks in 2019. Make sure your IT provider is using the new guide specifically for them produced by NIST and NCCoE: PROTECTING DATA FROM RANSOMWARE AND OTHER DATA LOSS EVENTS. While we are at it there are a couple of articles relating to ransomware’s impact on insurance coverage that we need to bring to your attention. More at
The annual Verizon data breach report was recently released for 2020. Learning from other’s mistakes is always the best way to learn vs the alternatives. These reports always offer very specific details that we find very enlightening and helpful in making business decisions relating to security in all businesses. More at
COVID-19 Testing vs HIPAA is starting to play out all over the country as businesses reopen and the virus continues to spread. Today we will discuss some of the confusion about all the COVID-19 testing and HIPAA. More at
So far 2020 has the whole world turned upside down. A true global pandemic, global economic fallout still happening from a shutdown caused by the pandemic and a level of global social unrest that hasn’t been seen in 40-50 years. Yes, it is overwhelming. But, it is also very clear that the criminal factors and nation-state attackers are well aware no one is watching the hen house too. More info at
Too often our human selves will happily put off some responsibilities on others if we can find any small reason for doing so. It may not be our best quality but it is certainly one that bonds most of us together. I personally can’t name anyone that would say sorry I would like to take responsibility for something I think is your responsibility. In our world today we all need to take responsibility for helping protect the group as a whole. The NICE team from NIST published something about just that when it comes to cybersecurity. Time to get ready to discuss it is everyone’s responsibility, not just a select few. More at
If you are a fan of horror flicks you know the story. Even if you are not a fan you probably know the line from When A Stranger Calls:  “the calls are coming from a phone inside the house”.  That stuff happens in the opening. Personally, I have never made it through that part much less through the whole thing.  Today we have a whole new horror flick to discuss: cyberattacks coming from inside the network.  Maybe we should hold this until Halloween but who knows what will happen then, we need to cover this because it is happening now. More info at
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