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7 Tips to Help Protect Yourself Against Hackers

Tips for Protection from Hackers

In October of 2016, a massive cyber attack against Dyn, a New Hampshire-based company that monitors internet traffic, blocked user access to many popular websites like Amazon, Twitter and Paypal. Hackers used a simple program that even novice hackers could use to access any device connected to Wifi. This is one of approximately 3000 cases in 2016 alone. Unfortunately, it is not possible to make yourself 100% hack proof, but here are some ways that you can make it difficult for hackers to access your information:

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2 Important Recommendations That Can Help Ensure HIPAA Compliance

HIPAA Compliance Tips

For healthcare organizations, remaining HIPAA compliant can be both necessary and challenging. In the United States, healthcare organizations are required to abide by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. This act provides guidelines pertaining to the handling of patient information across a number of platforms.

In an article by Kristen Lee, titled Q&A: The main reason healthcare organizations violate HIPAA, an interview is conducted with Michael Archuleta, director of IT and HIPAA security officer at Mt. San Rafael Hospital in Trinidad, Colorado. It is within this interview that Archuleta recommends two important items that can ensure HIPAA compliance:

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4 Simple Tips to Improve Cyber Security Hygiene

Cyber Security Tips

Each year, Verizon compiles a Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). It is a comprehensive summary of data security threats and breaches that helps to better understand the landscape of cyber security.

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The Risks and Benefits of Shadow IT

Shadow IT Technology

Shadow IT is a term used to describe solutions and systems created and applied inside organizations without their authorization. While they may not be authorized and can pose security risks, these solutions can aid in the development of new IT solutions.

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Why HIPAA Violations are Becoming Common Among Healthcare Organizations

HIPAA Compliance Healthcare Organizations

In the United States, healthcare organizations are required to abide by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. This act provides guidelines pertaining to the handling of patient information across a number of platforms. When healthcare organizations are looking for cloud solutions to manage their data, ensuring that it is HIPAA compliant is a necessity.

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New Cybersecurity Laws for Canadian Businesses Coming Soon

Canadian Digital Privacy Act Cyber Security

It is no secret that Canadian businesses have struggled to bridge the gap between protecting both personal and financial data within their organizations. As a component of the Digital Privacy Act that was passed in 2015, the Canadian government is now in the final stages of enforcing legislation that will require all businesses in Canada to report any cyber security breach immediately.

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Infrastructure & Cloud Services Becoming Important Necessities for Healthcare Organizations

Cloud Security Healthcare & HIPAA

Long gone are the days when healthcare organizations could not trust cloud security to manage their protected health information. In fact, healthcare organizations are increasing their dependence on cloud technology. What had begun as cloud deployment on back office applications has now expanded into an end-to-end solution that includes analytics and patient facing tools, among many others.

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CISO Conferences and Summits in Canada for 2017

Customer Service Conferences & Summits in Canada

In an effort to assist our Canadian CISO clients, Giva has compiled a listing of upcoming 2017 conferences and summits. We hope this will be helpful to you!

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Cyber Security Events in Canada for 2017

Cyber Security Conferences & Summits in Canada

In an effort to assist our Canadian business, Giva has compiled a listing of upcoming cyber security conferences and summits in Canada for 2017. We hope this will be helpful to you!

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How A White Hat Hacker Helped to Avoid a Healthcare Security Disaster

White Hat Hacker Helping Healthcare Data Security

On December 29, 2016, Department of Defense subcontractor Potomac Healthcare was notified about the jeopardizing of more than 11 gigabytes of private data for healthcare workers employed by the U.S. military's Special Operations Command. The compromised files were discovered by white hat hacker, Chris Vickery, who uncovered a flaw in an unprotected remote synchronization service. Upon his discovery, Vickery notified Potomac Healthcare about the insecurity of its data, which contained information dating back to 1988, and included names, locations, Social Security numbers, salaries and assignment units for psychologists, nurses and other Special Operations Command workers, some of which had top secret clearances.

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