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Customer Benefits from Cloud Vendors Using the Agile Development Methodology

Benefits of Agile Software Development

The benefits of Agile methodology are evident in Giva's platform. Case studies from satisfied customers show that Giva is committed to delivering a quality cloud product consistently and frequently.

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Transitioning to the Cloud

Transitioning & Using Cloud Software

The research company Gartner has made a prediction that $1 trillion typically used for IT spending will now be targeted towards cloud computing rather than conventional IT equipment. Companies are more commonly spending their budgets on software rather than physical equipment that performs the same duties. This industry shift in spending on the cloud indicates the increasing realization of its importance.

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HIPAA-Compliant Text Messaging and Why You Need It

HIPAA-Compliant Secure Text Messaging

Running a hospital presents a variety of unique challenges. It is like many other businesses as it requires effective leadership and communication to run smoothly, but the extra factor is the importance of timeliness. All businesses require quick employee response, but this could not be truer for a healthcare facility. Patients and their health can be unpredictable. There should be a method of reaching healthcare professionals in a timely manner while still protecting the sensitive information being transmitted.

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12 Principles of Agile Software Development

12 Principles of Agile Software Development

Building software is a complex process that requires a great deal of communication and cooperation. Without an effective plan and system of implementation, the degree of difficulty only increases. The Agile Method for Software Development consists of 12 simple principles that can empower a development team to produce quality products quickly.

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Why This Producer of ID Cards Fell Victim to Data Breach

Newkirk & Healthcare Data Breaches

Newkirk Products, Inc., a company that produces ID cards for health-insurance plans reported a data breach earlier in 2016 involving unauthorized access to a server holding member information. The company reported that no social security, banking, credit card or medical data was stored on the breached server.

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Privacy Measures for Healthcare HIPAA Compliance

HIPAA Compliance

Being HIPAA compliant is a must for companies involved in healthcare. In 2009 the U.S. government passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) specifically requiring audits by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights. There are many ways to ensure that your business is HIPAA compliant, such as having secure software. To do that, raising privacy and security standards is of the utmost importance. Here are a couple of steps you can take to keep your protected health information secure and ready yourself for HIPAA audits.

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The Origins of Agile Software Development Methodology

Origins of Agile Software Development

In 1970, Doctor Winston W. Royce published a paper entitled "Managing the Development of Large Software Systems" that challenged sequential development of software. He felt that the method of developing large software systems, which resembled an assembly line, was inadequate due to a lack of communication between groups.

Royce had spent nine years developing software for spacecraft mission planning, commanding and post-flight analysis. He found through experience that agreeing upon a final product and then creating it was ineffective in developing quality software. By the time the product was built, it was no longer a viable option.

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The Importance of Challenging Yourself Daily

Challenging Yourself for Business Success

Success is a future for only those able to see the value in facing challenges. Many companies focus on creating a positive environment to increase workplace productivity, but few seem to view being regularly challenged as a positive thing. Keeping your mind working daily to overcome obstacles encourages new ways of thinking and creative solutions. Embracing challenge allows you to become the best version of yourself in all facets of your life and makes you an invaluable asset in any field of work.

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Blockchain Startup Chainalysis Helping to Arrest Cyber Criminals

Bitcoin Tracking Cybercrime

For the past several years, bitcoin has been a way to keep financial transactions discreet. It is incredibly difficult to trace, because it does not pass through a financial institution, and it is secure because it requires a two factor identification that uses a public key and a PIN combined with a mathematical function to allow a transaction.

This has made it easy for ransomware hackers to extort money by decrypting the victim's files. These types of attackers typically demand payment in bitcoin to keep from being traced. But for the past two years, Chainalysis, a bitcoin-tracing tech startup, has been selling its product to law enforcement agencies around the world.

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Healthcare Industry Wants to Increase Cybersecurity

Healthcare Industry Increasing Cybersecurity

The Healthcare industry will forever be the target of cyber attacks due to the wide array of information included in the healthcare record. The 2016 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey released in August shows that most healthcare executives are elevating data security as a business priority.

The survey asked 150 IT security leaders if they planned to increase cybersecurity awareness, in which case 85 percent of respondents said that they did. The numbers show that data security is an issue of concern for employees who handle information in the US health sector.

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