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Healthcare Security Roundtable: An Interview With CloudWave and Fortified Health Security Experts

Published on 05/01/2017 by Christine Mellyn
Category: Blog, Compliance, Security

Participants:Dennis Peasley (DP), Director of Security & Compliance, CloudWave Dan Dodson (DD), President Fortified Health Security Ryan Patrick (RP), Vice President Fortified Health Security Security is top of mind for healthcare organizations today.  In fact, a recent survey of CHIME members revealed that security tops the list of IT investments that CIOs are planning in the coming year.  CloudWave and Fortified Health Security partner to deliver security services to healthcare organizations.  Recently, members of each team ...

Healthcare Security; Part 1: More than a Firewall

Published on 03/31/2016 by Mike Donahue
Category: Disaster Recovery, Compliance, Backup, Healthcare IT, Virtualization, Cloud Computing,

Security is a topic that has been in the news recently far too often. If it’s not the showdown between the FBI and Apple (which is a whole other conversation) it’s the latest report out of Maryland, where MedStar Health was hit with a virus that infected the hospitals computer network.  The effect, however, spread much further than just the IT department. The extended outage has made the already difficult jobs of nurses and physicians even ...

Windows Server 2003 End of Life and Active Directory

Published on 03/18/2015 by Leo Maguire
Category: Compliance, Healthcare IT, Virtualization, Security, Servers

Why should you be concerned with that now “old” Windows 2003 server in your environment?  WOW, it’s tough to imagine that we can actually call Windows 2003 old.  It feels as if it just recently took over as the staple of your server OS environment.  Similar to the dreaded End of Life (EOL) countdown of XP on the desktops, Microsoft has announced that, as of July 14th 2015, Windows Server 2003 will be EOL. ...

PCI-DSS — A short acronym for a long journey — Part 3

Published on 01/15/2014 by Ashini Surati
Category: Compliance

So you think having an approved scanning vendor (ADV) scan a couple of your external IP’s 4 times a year for a bundled cost of $189.00/year, and attesting to a questionnaire means you are PCI-DSS compliant?  Think again.The goal is to complete due diligence to ensure a secure network and organization at all levels against all kinds of threats. Complete your assessment as discussed in Part 2 of this blog article (http://parkplaceintl.com/blog/pci-dss-short-acronym-long-journey-part-2/).  You ...

PCI-DSS - A Short Acronym for a Long Journey - Part 2

Published on 06/27/2013 by Ashini Surati
Category: Compliance

So it seems that I took a long coffee break since my last blog on PCI-DSS!  And yes, that coffee did come from the fancy machine that took my credit card on the 4th floor of your hospital!!  Would you like a memory refresher on what I was talking about?  Click here to read Part 1 of my blog.So where does a health care organization start when looking at compliance with these industry standards?  ...

Remembering the '90s

Published on 03/12/2013 by Ashini Surati
Category: Compliance, Security

Remember the 90’s?  Yes, I am talking about the decade of grunge music, flannel shirts and the coming out of the Internet (World Wide Web).   It was in that decade when HTML and Java were created; the digital answering machine, DVD and Web TV were invented; and the dot com boom took the world by storm.  It was also the era when the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted by congress ...

Media Reuse and Disposal – The Burning Question...

Published on 12/11/2012 by Ashini Surati
Category: Compliance

A typical healthcare organization allocates between 1 to 3% of the total budget for IT.  The IT staff is responsible for delivering technology that meets the expectations of savvy physicians, employees, and trendy patients.  IT departments are always looking for ways to save money and work to balance risk vs. cost wherever possible.  In this blog, I am bringing to light the one of the burning questions that many IT departments still face - the reuse ...

On The Road to Compliance

Published on 10/25/2012 by Ashini Surati
Category: Compliance

Just like any industry, the healthcare industry has many regulatory compliance requirements to meet.  There is an alphabet soup of compliance-related acronyms – so many, in fact, that I occasionally might need to look one up to remember what it stands for! These include state, local and federal regulatory agencies or divisions,  industry or government mandated laws for compliance that apply in some shape or form to healthcare:   EPA, OSHA, EPCRA, SARA, TJC, FIFRA, TSCA, DOT, ...

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

Published on 10/15/2012 by Clay Sides
Category: Compliance, Backup

I have to wonder if Benjamin Franklin was a closet IT guru.We live in a world that measures things in “ages”. The Age of Dinosaurs, the Ice Age, the Age of Fire, the Industrial Age and now, the Information Age. The shocking realization to me, was many of the “Ages” identified, had horrific events associated with them. Cataclysms, global climate changes and mass extinctions; If we aren’t careful, the Information Age may well end up ...

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