FCC Cybersecurity Tips Consistent with HIPAA Security Rules: 1. Training

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.  According to the January 25, 2013, HITECH Act Final Rule modifications of HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, all but an estimated 454 covered entities of a total of 698,238 covered entities are considered “small entities” (based on NAICS Codes).  [78 Federal Register 5670].  While less is known about business associates, most of which are likely to be small entities, the  Final Rule states:  “[w]e assume that up to 80 percent of the 1-2 million business associates, or between 800,000 and 1.6 million business associates, may handle electronic protected health information and thus may have to document their existing security protocols.” [78 Federal Register 5678]

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