How do you end up with a $4.3M HIPAA fine?

How do you end up with a $4.3M HIPAA fine?

A Judge ruled in favor of the Office of Civil Rights and upheld a fine of $4,348,000 against MD Anderson, a cancer treatment and research center in Texas.  This was the 4th largest fine in history for HIPAA violations. What led to this judgement, and what can we learn...
What do you need to know if you transmit or maintain health data?

What do you need to know if you transmit or maintain health data?

Organizations that handle healthcare data need to understand the risks, requirements, and ramifications in order to make prudent decisions on how best to protect it.  Let’s start with the risks. HIMSS published their 2018 healthcare survey and found that most...
HIPAA Myths Busted

HIPAA Myths Busted

Clients often struggle with the proper implementation of the HIPAA Security Rule (SR). The confusion stems from the fact that the HIPAA SR is a law, not a security framework like NIST 800-53 or CIS top 20. Let’s dispel a few of the common myths: Myth 1: HIPAA...
PRESS RELEASE:  Foresite Joins National IT Solutions Coalition

PRESS RELEASE: Foresite Joins National IT Solutions Coalition

Foresite, a national leader in threat mitigation and managed security, has joined the StabilITy Alliance of companies to provide its suite of IT protection services to the coalition’s customers.  They will partner with VertitechIT, a healthcare and business networking...
Auditing a third-party vendor – A true story

Auditing a third-party vendor – A true story

Note: Details have been omitted to protect the anonymity of both the client and their vendor.  Several months back, a client we had been performing ongoing security testing for reached out to us with another request.  Their legal counsel had hired a firm to audit a...