Weston Technology Solutions Blog
Blog posts tagged in Best Practices
We’ve obviously chatted about passwords and passphrases and tips for managing too many passwords. Obviously, strong passwords are very important in protecting your online accounts, but there is an additional way you can protect many of your accounts: two-factor authentication. What is it and why should you use it? Read on for all the details.
March 31 is World Backup Day. It’s a day where you commit to making sure you are running backups. At Weston, we believe backups are great. We also believe that having properly tested and monitored backups is even better. And for your business, we believe that a business continuity plan is vitally important.
A Miami-area hospital was tagged with a $5.5 million fine recently for HIPAA violations. Among the multitude of violations that were cited was one we’ve seen in some of the HIPAA security risk assessments we’ve performed: poor access management, including not disabling access for terminated or former employees. Not disabling those accounts can cost you.
From HealthcareITNews, more breaches happened in Q3 of 2016 than in the previous two quarters. Some 118 security incidents were either reported to the Department of Health and Human Services or first disclosed in the media in Q3 2016, compared with 89 in Q2 and 63 in Q1. Based on the types of breaches from the article, proper protections may have alleviated some of breaches or prevented them from happening in the first place.
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) had a data breach in 2013 that resulted in a recently-assessed $2.7 million HIPAA violation settlement. The sad thing was, they knew they had these problem (as they had run several risk analyses that showed issues), but didn’t take measures to fix them. While OHSU is a large teaching hospital, the lessons learned here are lessons that apply to any business of any size – medical or otherwise -- that has access to electronic protected health information (ePHI). Read on for a few things that OHSU could have done to help prevent this from happening.