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Special Introductory Pricing on Phishing Assessments

Limited Time Offer: Choose Your Phishing Program

Did you know that phishing is one of the most common cyber attacks in the industry? For example, earlier this year Becker’s Hospital Review reported that doctors at a facility in Texas received and responded to phishing emails, leading to names, addresses, date of births and Social Security Numbers being compromised.

CynergisTek is proud to offer four different phishing programs with a limited time, introductory price. All four programs span over one year and can test up to 2,500 email addresses each time. Protect your security program by empowering employees with the knowledge they need to avoid becoming a victim of a well-crafted phishing attack.

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OCR Issues New Guidance on Emergency Situations

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights

BULLETIN: HIPAA Privacy in Emergency Situations

In light of the Ebola outbreak and other events, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), is providing a bulletin to ensure that HIPAA covered entities and their business associates are aware of the ways in which patient information may be shared under the HIPAA Privacy Rule in an emergency situation, and to serve as a reminder that the protections of the Privacy Rule are not set aside during an emergency.

The HIPAA Privacy Rule protects the privacy of patients’ health information (protected health information) but is balanced to ensure that appropriate uses and disclosures of the information still may be made when necessary to treat a patient, to protect the nation’s public health, and for other critical purposes.

OCR’s bulletin on HIPAA Privacy in Emergency Situations may be found by clicking here.
Additional guidance on HIPAA in Emergency Situations: Preparedness, Planning, and Response can be found here.

Don’t Become a Victim of a Phishing Scam

Learn How to Recognize a Well Crafted Phish 

Phishing Awareness

Attackers engage with you through your email inbox, and unless you pay close attention, you can become a victim to their masquerade. What tactic are these attackers using? It is called phishing and it targets your trust.

What is Phishing?

Phishing was coined to describe how attackers send uniquely crafted emails to fool you into clicking malicious URLs or downloading software payloads. Often, phish are sent in large groups and have a general salutation meant to appeal to large audiences. Sometimes an attacker puts forth extra effort to appear legitimate and will include specific elements related to the target, which is appropriately called spear phishing.

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CMS to Briefly Reopen Submission Period for Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions

Meaningful Use Hardship Extended Until November 30, 2014cms

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will allow hospitals and physicians that are unable to demonstrate meeting Meaningful Use requirements to submit hardship exception applications through November 30, 2014. The deadlines had already passed for hardship exception applications for all eligible hospitals (EH), critical access hospitals (CAH) and eligible professionals (EP) that were unable to demonstrate Meaningful Use of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT).

In order to meet Meaningful Use, physicians and hospitals have to meet requirements to implement Certified Electronic Health Record Technology and attest to their Meaningful Use (MU) objectives and measurements to avoid 2015 Medicare, Part B payment adjustments, which would start to reduce reimbursements by one percent in 2015 and could eventually go as high as five percent.

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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, Chief Information Officer, Fletcher Allen Health Care



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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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