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Top Five Steps to Stay Secure for Healthcare Organizations
Posted on 12/7/2017 8:37:37 AM by Judi Grassi

As 2018 is quickly approaching, it's time for organizations to begin taking proactive steps (if you haven't already) to make sure your business is able to defend against cybersecurity attacks. The world continues to get more technology focused and it's important that as we get more connected we must also stay safe.

It's particularly imperative that healthcare organizations have a strong security posture. Since medical practices, skilled nursing and long-term care facilities are responsible for sensitive information, it's imperative that these organizations and other healthcare facilities are as prepared as possible for future attacks.

Here are the top steps that healthcare organizations should be taking to futureproof its cybersecurity:

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Holiday Cybersecurity: How to Stay Secure Through the Season
Posted on 12/15/2017 2:35:14 PM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian

During the holiday season, more employees work remotely and shop online. Historically, organizations in various industries have seen spikes in cybersecurity attacks during November and December. This is largely because during the holidays, more employees are not sitting at their desks and more likely to click on links or spear-phishing emails while working from home.

As we enter the holiday season, many people will be shopping online for great deals. Here are a few tips for your employees to best protect themselves during the hectic holiday season:
  1. Be Cautious. When you're shopping online, do not click on suspicious links or download items from unknown sources. Never provide your banking or credit card information over an unencrypted link.
  2. Increase your Cybersecurity Measures. Make sure your accounts and Wi-Fi passwords are complex and are not reused. Increase the strength of your default security settings and create stronger passwords by using uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.

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In this issue:
December 2017
Top Five Steps to Stay Secure for Healthcare Organizations
Holiday Cybersecurity: How to Stay Secure Through the Season
How Strong Is Your Password?

How Strong Is Your Password?
Posted on 12/22/2017 8:41:07 AM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian

The security industry has been harping on the strength of user passwords forever. How many times have you tried to set a password just to find out that it is missing this or that, a capital letter here, a number there? We are now moving into the territory of some regulations wanting 16 character passwords! And yet, compromised credentials are squarely in the second place of the breach cause list, right after social engineering/malware combo. How is that possible? Here are some thoughts on this subject.

A little theory first - currently there are three major ways to authenticate a human. In simple terms, it can be something we know (password, PIN, SSN), something we have (token, phone), or something we are (it's kind of have, but body part related - retina, fingerprint, etc.).

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