Why is Healthcare Data So Valuable to Cyber Criminals?

Healthcare data is one of the most desirable forms of data for cyber criminals to steal because its value on the cyber black market -- the Dark Web -- is much higher than most other forms of data. While there are several reasons for this, the recent study Your Life, Repackaged and Resold: The Deep … Continue reading Why is Healthcare Data So Valuable to Cyber Criminals?

Does Data Security Have Your Healthcare Practice “On the Hook”?

I recently had the pleasure of presenting in a webinar series titled Is Your Practice "On the Hook?" to members of the Texas Dental Association and the Oklahoma Dental Association. Key points of the presentation, which focused on cyber security and data breaches in the healthcare industry, explained why protected health information (PHI) and electronic healthcare … Continue reading Does Data Security Have Your Healthcare Practice “On the Hook”?

Why do cyber criminals want your healthcare data?

During a recent presentation a member of the audience asked me why cyber criminals would want to steal a person's healthcare data. It is easy to understand why they would want to steal payment card data -- but healthcare data -- not so obvious. Here is a great answer: A crook would love [healthcare data] because, “in the world … Continue reading Why do cyber criminals want your healthcare data?

Upcoming Webinar: Anatomy of a Data Breach

I am looking forward to presenting a (free) webinar for healthcare professionals on "Anatomy of a Data Breach." The webinar is free because it is being brought to you by the great folks at SmartTraining, LLC. You can learn more about the topics that will be covered on this page. It will be from 12:00 PM … Continue reading Upcoming Webinar: Anatomy of a Data Breach

What do the penalties look like for a HIPAA violation?

Here you go -- they are rising and here is where they currently stand. As you can see, data breach is serious business and serious for your business. VIOLATION TYPE EACH VIOLATION REPEAT VIOLATIONS/YR Did Not Know $100 – $50,000 $1,500,000 Reasonable Cause $1,000 – $50,000 $1,500,000 Willful Neglect – Corrected $10,000 – $50,000 $1,500,000 … Continue reading What do the penalties look like for a HIPAA violation?