Windows 7 (and Server 2008 R2) End of Life in 2020

Windows 7 is currently the most popular release of Windows, although Windows 10 is making serious inroads, especially in the consumer segment of the market. Note that the following information is identical for Windows Server 2008 R2: Microsoft mainstream support: no longer supported Microsoft extended support: ends January 14, 2020 There will almost certainly be…

Mecklenburg County Government’s Ransomware Attack

Did you hear about last year’s ransomware attack on the government data servers of Mecklenburg County in North Carolina? Article Source: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article189428824.html A foreign-based hacker gained access to at least one government employee’s computer network log-in ID to launch the ransomware attack. The cyber-attack knocked multiple data servers and many public services offline and caused…

Cedars-Sinai Breach Affects 33,000

Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles says approximately 33,000 patients were affected by a data breach involving the theft of an unencrypted laptop computer from an employee’s home. The laptop, which the employee used for troubleshooting clinical laboratory reporting software, was stolen, along with personal items, from the employee’s home on June 23. There has…

Reminder: Update Your “Grandfathered” HIPAA Business Associate Agreements

ARTICLE BY: Emily M. Hord McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie and Kirkland, PLLC In January 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) published its Final Rule, which significantly increased the privacy and security responsibilities for the “business associates” of “covered entities,” as those terms are defined by HIPAA. A provision within the Final Rule mandated that…

HIPAA Enforcement Impacts Small Group Practices

By: Greg Ewing, JD, MPH, DrBicuspid.com Contributing Editor March 19, 2014 — This Second Opinion originally ran on the Texas Dentists for Medicaid Reform (TDMR) website. DrBicuspid.com appreciates them allowing us to reprint this column in its entirety. For more information, please visit the TDMR website. It is safe to say that covered entities and business associates alike have experienced…

Windows XP End of Life

Effective April 8th, 2014 Microsoft will no longer support XP and Office 2003 and effective July 7, 2015 Windows Server 2003. How does this affect your practice? According to HIPAA Security Rule section 164.308(a)(5)(ii)(B), organizations with sensitive personal health information must ensure: (B) Protection from malicious software (Addressable). Procedures for guarding against, detecting, and reporting…

Computer Viruses

A computer virus is a program or piece of code that is loaded onto your computer without your knowledge and runs against your wishes. Computer viruses are often spread by attachments in email messages or instant messaging messages. Viruses can be disguised as attachments of funny images, greeting cards, or audio and video files. Not…

HIPAA Omnibus Is Here

Monday, September 23, 2013 marked the date for full compliance under HIPAA Omnibus’ latest regulations. But did you know the definition of a breach changed? That’s right! In the final rule published in the January 25th Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services altered the definition of breach deleting the verbiage, “such…

What is a Server? Why Do You Need One?

The true definition of a server is “a computer or computer program that manages access to a centralized resource or service in a network.” The server controls who, what and when data is accessed from various devices on the network. The server provides critical back-end task such as: •Data storage •Data protection •Redundancy •Backup All of…