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CynergisTek Expands Leadership Team to Support Company Growth

Adam Hawkins Advances as Vice President of Sales and Marketing to Drive Continued Expansion Amid Increased Demand for Privacy and Security Expertise


CynergisTek™ announced it has expanded its leadership team with the addition of Adam Hawkins as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Effective July 1, 2015, Adam will be responsible for the sales and marketing operations at CynergisTek, as well as the strategic planning, development and implementation of the company’s Managed Services and Vendor Security Management offerings. In addition, Adam will continue to ensure a high-level of support is maintained across the company’s client base of healthcare provider organizations. Adam originally joined CynergisTek as Director of Client Services in 2012, and was an integral part of developing a highly successful sales team as the company restructured its sales and marketing efforts from the ground up.

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Deven McGraw Joins OCR as Deputy Director

HHS LogoOCR Staff Changes & What it Means For You

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that Deven McGraw will join OCR on June 29 as deputy director for health information privacy. According to the HHS announcement, she will spearhead OCR’s policy, enforcement and outreach efforts of HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules. She will also lead OCR’s efforts to work on presidential and departmental privacy and security priorities. Previously this position was held by Sue McAndrew, who retired over a year ago.

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Infographic: Business Associate Risks in Healthcare

According to the recent ISMG “Healthcare Information Security Today Survey,” many covered entities feel that their business associates’ inadequate security precautions are one of the top threats their organizations are facing. With the advent of the Omnibus Rule, many business associates became directly responsible for safeguarding the PHI that they come into contact with. However, many of them are still not practicing proper security methods, putting themselves and the covered entities they serve at increased risk. Our latest infographic highlights the risks associated with business associates as well as examples of recent breaches that occurred at a business associate.

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

  • 73% of healthcare organizations are either not confident or only somewhat confident that their BAs would be able “to detect, perform an incident risk assessment and notify their organization in the event of a data breach incident.”
  • 87% of business associates have had multiple security incidents in the last two years.
  • Only 58% of business associates say they perform a 4-factor risk assessment following each security incident, as required under the Omnibus Final Rule.
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peer60 Releases New Report: Healthcare Data Security 2015

Data Security Report Named CynergisTek As a Vendor Often Turned to for Data Security

Healthcare continues to fail at protecting sensitive data and has most number of breaches across all industries. Research shows that healthcare had nearly 43% of data breaches across all industries in 2014. As a result, peer60 conducted new research with approximately 200 CIOs, IT Directors and Managers, Security Manager/Director and other VPs from various hospitals across the U.S. and discovered that 96% of hospitals named information security as a huge priority this year in order to protect sensitive patient data.

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CynergisTek is Hiring for Multiple Positions

People IconCynergisTek is expanding the team again and is currently hiring for several different positions. Open positions include information security consultant, compliance consultant, regional sales director, regional lead generation coordinator and human resources. If you are interested in one of the positions email us at to obtain a full job description, submit your resume or to ask any questions.

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CynergisTek Continues to Support Industry Associations

In 2014 CHIME invited CynergisTek to become a Foundation Firm member of its recently formed 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 Named As 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


CynergisTek Quotes

“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



CynergisTek Quotes
“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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