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Limiting Unauthorized Access to Your Data by Instituting an Authentication Service

With the surge in popularity of digitizing all forms of data, which are often stored within a public or private cloud hosting provider, there has never been a more urgent requirement to ensure that data integrity and data privacy is upheld. In this blog we will discuss the privacy, security and vulnerability of data and offer suggestions of how you can protect your critical workloads.

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Healthcare Cybersecurity in 2019: Lessons We’ve Learned

The healthcare industry has been a primary target of data hackers for several years. There are numerous reasons for this. First, the healthcare industry offers a lot of valuable information to successful hackers – social security numbers, names, addresses, Medicaid ID numbers, medical records, health insurance information, and more – can all be scraped from a successful breach. It’s a literal goldmine for hackers.

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Pros and Cons of Onsite and Offsite Data Storage

When designing and implementing IT systems, choosing where to store your business-critical healthcare data is an important decision. There are typically three storage design concepts used in enterprise-grade storage solutions: onsite storage, offsite storage, and hybrid storage. Each approach has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s essential to choose a design concept that applies to your requirements. Below, we will explain each approach and its pros and cons.

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Real World Case Study for HIPAA Storage and Sharing: Nextcloud & HIPAA Compliance

Every organization that handles the electronic protected health information (ePHI) of US citizens must be concerned with federal healthcare compliance: that is, abiding by the parameters established in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 (HITECH). A central element of HIPAA federal law is the Security Rule, which mandates implementation of appropriate cybersecurity measures to protect digital health records.

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How Does SFTP Help With HIPAA Compliance?

Secure file transfer protocol (SFTP), a component of the secure shell (SSH) protocol, is useful in maintaining compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). SFTP uses encryption and algorithmic hash functions to protect information from unintended viewing or theft, and is considered a best-practice way to securely send files.

Like other standard protocols and technologies that are deployed to maintain HIPAA-compliant security, SFTP is not required specifically by the agency that regulates it, the Department of Health and Human Services. (The HHS regulates the law flexibly, allowing organizations to make their own specific decisions on means.) While you certainly do not have to use SFTP in order to stay compliant, it is a standard and straightforward way to meet the need for secure HIPAA file transfer.

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What you should know before enabling IPv6

Marty April 16, 2019 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

As our members roll out IPv6 on our Cloud Platform, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of our findings that will help make jumping into the IPv6 universe easier for you. Hopefully, this saves you some time and effort in your IPv6 deployment.

Most people deploying IPv6 are using dual-stack implementations – meaning they have IPv4 and IPv6 running and allowing traffic on both types of network addresses. We assume you’re already familiar with IPv4 and are now looking to start using IPv6.

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HIPAA Security Rule Checklist: What is the HIPAA Security Rule?

The HIPAA Security Rule is a piece of the Healthcare insurance Portability and Accountability Act, passed by Congress and signed into law in 1996. Here is a little information on the Security Rule and a HIPAA Security Rule Checklist so that your organization can quickly and effectively become compliant.

HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules

In 1996, a few pen strokes (and a lot of political wrangling leading up to those pen strokes) made a huge impact on the American healthcare industry: President Bill Clinton signed the Healthcare insurance Portability and Accountability Act into law.

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HIPAA Compliance Guide & Checklist: What Is HIPAA?

Overwhelmed with HIPAA compliance? You’re not alone. Compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is important to the covered entities and business associates that are expected by the federal government to follow the law and be HIPAA compliant.

However, the requirements of HIPAA and its regulatory agency, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), are not as rigid as they first may seem. We’ve detailed the broad concepts required to understand HIPAA or HIPAA compliant hosting in this article, which serves as a beginner’s HIPAA Compliance Guide; further below, you will find our HIPAA Compliance Checklist.

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