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Orangeworm: Need-to-Know Information for Healthcare IT

A security report released on April 23, 2018 found that there was a growing threat presented by Orangeworm, a cybercrime alliance that was going after organizations within healthcare and similar fields using a backdoor known as Kwampirs.

Kwampirs is a Trojan horse, as indicated by the NJ Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell. When attackers deploy this malware, they are able to remotely access the devices that are infected with it. Once the attackers access the machines and execute the Trojan, it begins to decrypt and extract a copy of its primary dynamic link library (DLL) payload. (What is DLL injection? DLL injection is a technique that is often used for Trojans. The pen-testing industry blog Penetration Testing Lab noted that DLL injection enables an intruder to run whatever script they want within another process’s address space. In the event that the process involved has heightened privileges, the nefarious party might be able to run sinister code within a DLL file that would further increase their privileges and, in turn, allow them to inflict widespread damage.)

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Secure Block Storage (SBS) 50 GB Free for One Year!

Adnan Raja June 14, 2018 by under Storage Hosting 0 Comments

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Secure Block Storage – Easy to use, highly redundant, available, scalable, and secure additional storage.

We are excited to announce the release of Secure Block Storage, enabling you to easily attach additional storage to your cloud servers to scale workloads more easily.  Designed for 99.999% availability, SBS volumes are automatically replicated multiple times to protect your data from component failure. With SBS, storage can be increased on-the-fly and moved between your Cloud Servers within the same region. Additionally, SBS volumes are automatically encrypted at rest and connected to your Cloud Servers over an isolated storage network to ensure a secure environment for your data.  To help you get started using SBS, we are offering 50 GB of SBS free through June 14, 2019, for existing customers and one year from the date of signup for new customers. You can increase the space of SBS volumes for an additional 7.9 cents per GB per month.

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Growth in Healthcare Apps & Why They Need HIPAA Compliant Hosting

Industry analysts agree the mobile health (mHealth) market will skyrocket. Mordor Intelligence and BIS Research both released reports in February 2018 that looked at the market growth of medical software. The expansion of options for healthcare providers, plans, and data clearinghouses is exciting. However, apps dealing with sensitive medical data must use HIPAA-compliant hosting – in part so that you are aligned with federal law and can avoid federal fines, but also as privacy and security risk-mitigation.

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The Future of 5G

Adnan Raja June 4, 2018 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

5G. It’s coming. But when? And what exactly is it?

A staggering amount of people in the US think that 5G is just a better, faster version of Internet for their phones and Internet-capable devices.

5G is no technology at all; it’s simply the shortened name for the 5th Generation of mobile network that at some point will be ushered on to the scene and become the latest wave of telecommunications infrastructure reform. What that technology will actually be is still not completely defined as companies at home and abroad race to be the first to master a solution that can be successfully mass-produced.

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Health IT in a Digital World

The world’s computers contain massive amounts of health data. Three out of every ten data storage systems are within healthcare. One patient creates nearly 80 megabytes of electronic protected health information (ePHI), including electronic medical records (EMRs), images, and other confidential data. In other words, this industry is the realm of big data – huge quantities of data, both structured and unstructured, that can be mined by organizations and studied to their benefit, but that is so voluminous that it is challenging to process it through traditional program and database methods.

Simply from a standpoint of how to handle and understand it, this data can be the source of many headaches.

Regardless of whether big data can be overwhelming, understanding and using it is a huge point of focus for those within the healthcare information technology (HIT) field – as it should be. The data has clear values to healthcare firms from numerous perspectives, not just in lowering costs but also as clinical information and as fodder to improve operations. Just to look at the first of those, McKinsey estimated the total worth of healthcare big data (in terms of the insights it could provide, its “data-related value”) at greater than $300 billion.

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Top 5 Biggest Data Breaches, and What Hosting Companies Learned

Data: our whole world runs on it in some form or fashion.

It defines our business decisions, it lets us buy anything we want, delivered the next day, and it even tells our sports teams who should bat next in the lineup.

The power of data is immense. And when that power falls into the wrong hands, it generates such enormous problems that it can take years to sort them out.

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RTO vs RPO

Adnan Raja May 11, 2018 by under Disaster Recovery 0 Comments

All businesses should have a business continuity plan (BCP), especially companies that rely on IT infrastructure to support or operate their business model. A business continuity plan is a predefined business process created to document and demonstrate the planning undertaken to prevent a disaster scenario occurring.  The BCP also documents and demonstrates the process of how a business will recover from a declared disaster scenario. The disaster could be caused by any number of scenarios; typical causes may be user error, hardware failure or a natural disaster.

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The Future of Machine Learning and AI in Healthcare Security

According to a 2017 report from ABI Research, the comprehensive healthcare damages from cybercrime will amount to greater than $1 trillion in 2018. Since healthcare firms want to avoid the huge costs of a breach (and all the ramifications related to HIPAA compliance and reputation), there is a huge incentive to adopt more intuitive and adaptive security protections.

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Internet of Things vs. Internet of Medical Things

As processors have declined in price and wireless networks have become more prevalent (to the point of near ubiquity), the Internet of Things (IoT) has become not just possible, but inevitable. The IoT is a collection of many devices worldwide, billions of them, all assimilating and sharing data through the Internet. The IoT is made up of many different types of items, ranging from airplanes to refrigerators, from thermostats to pills. One of the chief reasons the IoT is so exciting to people is that it allows, through the connection to the Web, each of these devices or endpoints a level of autonomous “smartness” that would otherwise not be possible. The increase in those endpoints’ ability to intelligently process and analyze data allows them to interact without any manual intervention. It also means that the Internet is being more comprehensively integrated into the physical environment, at a global scale.

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Top 5 Biggest DDoS Attacks, and What Hosting Companies Learned

For businesses that rely on their websites for revenue or as their customers’ main gateway to information, there’s nothing more frightening than the threat of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. Revenue lost, service interrupted, brand identity marginalized, trade secrets or customer data stolen; it really does sound like the worst-case scenario. Some companies hope that they are too small to be noticed by hackers, others that their size alone implies they must have ample security to survive a DDoS attack. Both ways of thinking are horribly misguided, as has been proven time and again.

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