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Disaster Preparedness: New Jersey Coastal communities brace for Hurricane Joaquin

In most recent press release, Governor Chris Christie Declares State of Emergency In Preparation For Hurricane Joaquin, as a result of severe weather conditions expected in the coming days. The National Weather Service is forecasting a dangerous nor’easter weather pattern impacting New Jersey beginning on October 1, 2015, including high winds, very heavy rain, inland …

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Recent advances in DR/BC – Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster?

A while ago we ran a three part series on data backup procedures, different backup methodologies, and disaster recover and business continuity concepts. Read “Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster?”: Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster? Part 1 Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster? Part 2 Is Your Business Prepared for a …

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Microsoft Windows Server 2003 extended support reached end of life on July 14, 2015

After July 14, 2015, Microsoft no longer issues security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003. If you are still running Windows Server 2003, you need to prepare your business and start planning and executing a migration strategy to protect your infrastructure. Migration process takes time so please address it without any further delay. …

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Anthem Insurance hack puts up to 80 million records of personally identifiable information at risk

In a historic data breach hackers have stolen information on tens of millions records of the insurance company Anthem Inc.. The information hacked from Anthem, Inc. includes patient’s birthdays, medical IDs, social security numbers, mailing and e-mail addresses. Even employment information, and, possibly, individual’s income data was stolen. While Anthem puts accent on the statement …

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When Will a Hacker Attack a Small Business in New Jersey?

How Small Businesses can Prevent Data, Password, and Credit Card Theft, Computer Viruses, E-mail Scams, and Phishing. Some fishermen hunt giant whales or go for a prized oversized tuna, while most go after a bounty of small fish and crabs with their nets and cages… So if you are a small or medium size company, …

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HIPAA Security and Privacy Training

HIPAA Final Rule The HIPAA Final Rule, released January 17, 2013, taking effect March 26, 2013, must be implemented by Covered Entities and Business Associates by September 23, 2013, which has already passed. One requirement is to train all workforce members. Even those familiar with HIPAA policies will need retraining, according to HHS Office of …

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Mobile Device Management, HIPAA, and Your practice

The Violation Concentra Health Services has been fined approximately $1.7 million and Arkansas insurer QCA Health Plan Inc. $250,000 by OCR for stolen laptops containing unencrypted Protected Health Information (PHI). (Stolen laptops lead to important HIPAA settlements). According to OCR, both Organizations demonstrated long-term non-compliance with HIPAA. Along with the fines, both organizations have committed …

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HIPAA Compliance: Am I A Business Associate (BA)?

HIPAA or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is a set of rules and regulations that has historically applied to Covered Entities (CEs) such as health care providers that engage in standard electronic transactions, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to help protect patient’s medical information typically known as Protected Health Information (PHI). As …

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How a simple fax can cost you a HIPAA Violation – and 3 easy steps to protect yourself.

As you should know, HIPAA security and privacy practices must be followed without exception. In a recent article posted in Reneal & Urology News a fax containing medical information was sent to the patients employer instead of his doctor. The patient had HIV and now his employer knew. The patient was very upset and notified …

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