FBI Issues Notification Concerning Risk of Increased Cyber Intrusions for Healthcare Systems and Medical Devices

On April 8, 2014, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a private industry notification entitled:  Health Care Systems and Medical Devices at Risk for Increased Cyber Intrusions for Financial Gain, which is available online at:

OCR Imposes $1,975,220 in Financial Penalties on Two Healthcare Entities to Resolve HIPAA Noncompliance Issues

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, resolution of two instances of stolen unencrypted laptops that contained electronic protected health information (ePHI).  The HHS/OCR news release regarding these resolutions is available at www.hhs.gov/news/press/2014pres/04/20140422b.html.

FCC Cybersecurity Tips Consistent with HIPAA Compliance: 10. Regularly Change Passwords

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has prepared several documents that provide tips on managing and safeguarding electronic information technology.  One of these documents outlines ten cybersecurity tips for small businesses, which can be accessed at:  http://www.fcc.gov/cyberforsmallbiz.  As we documented in the first posting in this series on FCC cybersecurity tips:  1.  Training, these tips apply to the vast majority of covered entities and business associates that must achieve HIPAA compliance by implementing the January 25, 2013, HITECH Act Final Rule modifications of HIPAA Privacy and Security and HITECH Act Breach Notification Rules. 

FCC Cybersecurity Tips Consistent with HIPAA Compliance: 9. Control Employees’ Information Access and Software Installation

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has prepared several documents that provide tips on managing and safeguarding electronic information technology.  One of these documents outlines ten cybersecurity tips for small businesses, which can be accessed at:  http://www.fcc.gov/cyberforsmallbiz.  As we documented in the first posting in this series on FCC cybersecurity tips:  1.  Training, these tips apply to the vast majority of covered entities and business associates that must achieve HIPAA compliance by implementing the January 25, 2013, HITECH Act Final Rule modifications of HIPAA Privacy and Security and HITECH Act Breach Notification Rules. 

FCC Cybersecurity Tips Consistent with HIPAA Compliance: 8. Require Individual User Accounts for Each Workforce Member

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has prepared several documents that provide tips on managing and safeguarding electronic information technology.  One of these documents outlines ten cybersecurity tips for small businesses, which can be accessed at:  http://www.fcc.gov/cyberforsmallbiz.  As we documented in the first posting in this series on FCC cybersecurity tips:  1.  Training, these tips apply to the vast majority of covered entities and business associates that must achieve HIPAA compliance by implementing the January 25, 2013, HITECH Act Final Rule modifications of HIPAA Privacy and Security and HITECH Act Breach Notification Rules. 

ONC Publishes Mobile Device Privacy and Security Fact Sheet

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has published a set of eleven Mobile Device Privacy and Security tips entitled:  “Take Steps to Protect and Secure Information When Using a Mobile Device.” Each tip is presented here, and the one page download is suitable for bulletin board posting.

FCC Cybersecurity Tips Consistent with HIPAA Compliance: 7. Secure Your Wi-Fi Networks

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has prepared several documents that provide tips on managing and safeguarding electronic information technology.  One of these documents outlines ten cybersecurity tips for small businesses, which can be accessed at:  http://www.fcc.gov/cyberforsmallbiz.  As we documented in the first posting in this series on FCC cybersecurity tips:  1.  Training, these tips apply to the vast majority of covered entities and business associates that must achieve HIPAA compliance by implementing the January 25, 2013, HITECH Act Final Rule modifications of HIPAA Privacy and Security and HITECH Act Breach Notification Rules. 

ONC Publishes Mobile Device Privacy and Security How To

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has published a set of eleven Mobile Device Privacy and Security recommendations entitled:  “How Can You Protect and Secure Health Information When Using a Mobile Device.”  Each recommendation is described and there is additional information under Read More.  The eleven recommendations are:

FCC Cybersecurity Tips Consistent with HIPAA Compliance: 6. Control Physical Access to Your Electronic Systems

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has prepared several documents that provide tips on managing and safeguarding electronic information technology.  One of these documents outlines ten cybersecurity tips for small businesses, which can be accessed at:  http://www.fcc.gov/cyberforsmallbiz.  As we documented in the first posting in this series on FCC cybersecurity tips:  1.  Training, these tips apply to the vast majority of covered entities and business associates that must achieve HIPAA compliance by implementing the January 25, 2013, HITECH Act Final Rule modifications of HIPAA Privacy and Security and HITECH Act Breach Notification Rules. 

FCC Cybersecurity Tips Consistent with HIPAA Compliance: 5. Make Backup Copies of Important Business Data and Information

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has prepared several documents that provide tips on managing and safeguarding electronic information technology.  One of these documents outlines ten cybersecurity tips for small businesses, which can be accessed at:  http://www.fcc.gov/cyberforsmallbiz.  As we documented in the first posting in this series on FCC cybersecurity tips:  1.  Training, these tips apply to the vast majority of covered entities and business associates that must achieve HIPAA compliance by implementing the January 25, 2013, HITECH Act Final Rule modifications of HIPAA Privacy and Security and HITECH Act Breach Notification Rules. 

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