Having a solid security plan is extremely important to build an effective information management program. The security plan should also include a separate disaster recovery plan for the unfortunate event of an incident. I recently sat down with Mac McMillan, Chief Strategy Officer and President of CynergisTek to discuss the differences between having a security plan and having a disaster recovery plan, as well as the current state of security.
CynergisTek is committed to creating awareness and providing education to the industry to help the industry move forward. As such, we are proud to support CHIME and help advance the role of the CIO and other senior executives in health IT. Recently, CHIME discussed the value of its Cooperative Member Services Program and how it benefited Brian Sterud, CIO at Faith Regional Health Services.
There is no denying that 2016 was the year of determining how to respond to healthcare privacy and security threats. Top headlines included everything from ransomware disrupting hospitals’ ability to care for patients, to negligent insiders’ actions compromising patient information, to business associates not securing its customers’ sensitive data. Throughout the year CynergisTek’s subject matter experts wrote several blog posts to address the latest headlines, incidents, threats and regulatory actions in healthcare. Below are some of our top blog posts and the most popular infographic we published.
Verify Your HIPAA Compliance and Test Your OCR Audit Readiness CynergisTek offers an OCR Mock Audit service designed to verify healthcare organizations’ compliance with HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules, and test audit readiness. CynergisTek’s OCR Mock Audit service is engineered to simulate the actual experience of a random audit conducted by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), and is administered with the same strict approach and document requests as OCR to ensure audit readiness.
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) sent a notice that warns of a phishing email scam. The email is for an audit notification and appears to be legitimate at first glance, as it is on an HHS letterhead and includes Director Samuels' signature. Please read OCR's notice below to learn what to watch for if you receive this type of email.
Recently introduced legislation aims to establish the office of the CISO within HHS independent from the CIO. This move mirrors a trend seen in private-sector organizations and would allow the CISO to be a peer of the CIO, rather than a subordinate. According to Mac McMillan, CEO of CynergisTek and former director of security at the Department of Defense, this type of structure is common in the federal government. In a recent interview with InfoRiskToday, McMillan said, “I support this proposal. I
CynergisTek participated in HIMSS16 this year as both an exhibitor and as a speaker for two educational sessions. Thank you to everyone that came to our booth and sorry to those that we missed.
Limited Time Offer: Choose Your Phishing Assessment Campaign Did you know that phishing is one of the most common cyber attacks in the industry? We’ve seen phishing be the cause of several recent breaches, including the mega breach Anthem had earlier this year. The first step to fighting the phishing threat is creating awareness and knowing what to look for in suspicious emails. To help the industry fight back, CynergisTek has a limited time offer* available on four select phishing assessment campaigns. Choose the offer that best
David Holtzman Provides Tips on Privacy & Compliance at the HIMSS Privacy & Security Forum David Holtzman recently discussed the impact of HIPAA rules on organizations trying to protect patient data and stresses the importance of creating a “culture of compliance” within healthcare organizations. Watch this short video form the HIMSS Privacy & Security Forum to hear his expert advice. Some of the topics discussed include: If the HIPAA rule enough to protect patient data Basic strategies for
Mac McMillan Honored to be Included in Becker’s Hospital Review’s “50 Leaders in Health IT” & “21 Health IT Leaders to Know” Becker’s Hospital Review staff recently selected who it believes to be the top 50 leaders in Health IT and included CynergisTek CEO Mac McMillan as one of the influencers. The list is comprised of vendors, providers, politicians and consultants that have made a significant impact to health IT. Many people CynergisTek has worked with were also listed in Becker’s findings.