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Security

SecurityIn a scary headline for the day, a new strain of malware is spreading by Microsoft Word files that is platform agnostic: It targets both Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X in the same file. It’s a macro/VBA-embedded Word document that when opened and macros enabled will download additional files off the internet to cause its pain. You can see a more technical writeup over here.

We’ve said it before: Macro-enabled Word documents are bad news and should be avoided. Get some good email protectioncontent filtering and good anti-virus to help prevent this stuff from getting to your network in the first place. But if it does get there, make sure you can recognize and toss it out before it becomes an issue.

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seccompA recent study from Intermedia found 93 percent of employees engage in at least one form of poor data security. And 23 percent of respondents admitted they would take data from their company if it would benefit them. Long story short, you can have all the technology security in the world, but your biggest vulnerability lies in your people – from regular employees up to managers and owners. What are some of the issues that researchers found?

If you’re a user of Chrome, be wary of a scam that is making the rounds. If you accidently end up on a website that has a bunch of garbled text and a pop-up about a font not found and Chrome needing an updated font pack, do not click on the update button: That is malware waiting to happen.

HIPAA Headlines, News, and Notes

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hipaaEven if you’re not a medical office or clinic, if your business deals with HIPAA-regulated industries at all, there’s a pretty good chance you should be following HIPAA news as well. And really, following the headlines of an industry that takes protecting confidential data very seriously is never a bad thing. Here are some recent headlines that should be paid attention to, especially if you’re a HIPAA-regulated business.

healthcareIT2A hospital in the UK was hit with ransomware and had to cancel surgeries and operations . Could your business survive if a major part of it was shut down for five days unexpectedly? There are solutions. While ransomware prevention is the ideal primary goal, getting back up and running quickly is paramount to long-term financial stability. Having a good business continuity plan is critical and we encourage you to read our whitepaper on healthcare business continuity.