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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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What Deloitte’s Poll Tells Us About Blockchain Technology Adoption

Blockchain Technology

Consulting agency, Deloitte, is reporting that the healthcare industry will begin to heavily implement Blockchain technology in 2017. Despite the uneven understanding of Blockchain, its possibilities as a distributed database are garnering popularity and adoption from multiple fields. The technology offers advanced security and data storage, as well as interoperability, which makes it an asset in the healthcare field. Health and life sciences are primed to be the two leading industries in Blockchain deployment going forward this year, with financing, manufacturing, media, and telecom services expected to follow suit.

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What It Means To Be HIPAA Compliant

HIPAA Compliance

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was established in the U.S. in 1996 to protect an individual's personal health care information. Healthcare institutions are required to meet all standards and comply with the appropriate security measures in order to safeguard patient data. These standards became enforceable by law on 21 April, 2005.

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Healthcare Cybersecurity to be Highlighted at HIMSS17 Conference: Orlando, Florida, Feb 19-23, 2017

HIMSS17

Cyber security has become an important issue for healthcare organizations as attacks on the industry, and in particular on private patient information, have grown more prevalent. A timely opportunity to learn more about the current state of healthcare cyber security, as well as many other pertinent issues in healthcare, is coming soon. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is hosting their 2017 Conference and Exhibition from February 19th to the 23rd at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

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What is HITRUST vs. HIPAA?

HITRUST

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which passed in Congress in 1996, outlines protection and security standards for health care data. Although this was passed twenty years ago, it is still very much relevant to companies today. A new acronym you may have heard recently is HITRUST, or the Health Information Trust Alliance. Many are under the impression that HIPAA and HITRUST are at odds with each other and fail to understand how the two are related.

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