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CMS Proposes Changes for Meaningful Use to Take Effect in 2015

LOGO-EHR Incentive ProgramCynergisTek is alerting you to a number of changes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to the requirements of the Meaningful Use (MU) program that would take effect in this current MU reporting year. A proposed rule by CMS Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2017 was published in the Federal Register on April 15th. The publication of the 2015 MU proposed rule in the Federal Register will start the customary 60-day public comment period which would be scheduled to end June 14, 2015.

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Infographic: The State of Phishing

Phishing continues to be a hot topic in the industry, especially with the recent Anthem breach that was likely caused by a phishing attack on the organization. We recently released an infographic that highlights both industry statistics and findings from several phishing assessments we have performed for clients. This infographic illustrates the fact that phishing causes serious impacts in both the cost of the attacks and the number of individuals affected.

You can view or download the full infographic below, but here are a few points we wanted to highlight:

  • There were 123,741 unique phishing attacks worldwide in the first half of 2014.
  • Phishing attacks cost organizations $4.5 billion in losses worldwide in 2014.
  • 74% of those who opened a phish email sent by our team during a phishing assessment at their organization clicked on a link in an email, and 46% of those who clicked on a link submitted their username and password.
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Is It Time To Revisit The HIPAA Security Rule?

Mac McMillanI’ve not spoken to a single security professional, meaning someone who carries the experience, training and certifications to be called a CISO, who believes that they can adequately protect the healthcare organization they serve by simply being compliant with HIPAA. It’s time we let the air out of that balloon. The last couple of years, and in particular last year, showed everyone that data security in healthcare was no longer for the faint of heart. Securing healthcare today is the business of serious organizations and serious men and women with real skills. HIPAA is neither a suitable standard nor a framework for protecting a modern, diverse, hyper-connected enterprise. We live in an information ecosystem that is evolving at a rate that is straining our ability to keep up.

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CynergisTek Continues to Support Industry Associations

Earlier this year CHIME invited CynergisTek to become a Foundation Firm member of its newest association, Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS). AEHIS is designed to support and educate top healthcare IT security leaders, especially the CSO and CISO and is the first professional organization to exclusively serve senior Health IT security leaders. 



Click here to learn more about CHIME and click here to learn more about AEHIS.

CynergisTek Names One of Top 3 Privacy and Security Assistance Firms

CynergisTek was recognized by KLAS® as one of three firms provider organizations are turning to most for privacy and security assistance in its “Security and Privacy Perception 2014: High Stakes, Big Challenges” report, released in May 2014. For further details, visit KLAS online at and view “Security and Privacy Perception 2014: High Stakes, Big Challenges.”

What Our Customers Are Saying


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“CynergisTek is a trusted partner and provides exceptional service, offering the expert guidance on risk management that we need to sustain and improve our overall security posture.” –Chuck Podesta, Former Chief Information Officer, University of Vermont Medical Center



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“We decided to use CynergisTek’s VSM program because it goes way beyond other BAA management solutions. CynergisTek reviews my vendors’ risks and helps us ensure due diligence managing that risk.” Francois Bodhuin, Technology Director – ISO Information Systems, Inspira Health Network


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