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Email is the Biggest Threat

In 2018, the most common vector of attack was the most common form of communication: email. Learn more…

What is Cybersecurity?

Everyone is talking about cybersecurity. But what is it? Is it something new? Or is it just common sense? Learn more...

HIPAA Availability

The HIPAA rule includes a section regarding availability of PHI in a "timely manner" during or after a catastrophic event. What does that mean? Learn more...

Staying abreast of Technology is what we do for you! The world of technology changes, not just in generations, years, months or even days. Sometimes, changes occur in a matter of hours!

We Are Failing At Email Security

Mimecast's The State of Email Security, published in 2018 states that, "Cyberattackers from all over the world are targeting organizations, like yours." and that almost 60% of organizations will suffer from the effects of a malicious attack or loss of information this year!


Email security, like any form of virtual or physical security starts at the top. A top-level acceptance of rick, mitigation, planning procedure and action is the
only way that you can beat the odds. Don't be in the majority, be ready!

Cybersecurity

What Is It?

In the early days of computers and networks, everyone operated with the knowledge that if someone hacked into your system from another computer, you could just walk down the hall and punch them in the nose. Personal accountability and the fact that it was a close-knit group of people all working for the same thing made security an after-thought. In fact, the only reason that you had usernames and passwords was so that some other guy didn’t steal the limited computer time from you!

Times have definitely changed. While in 1972, someone asking you for your account information might not even sound a little suspicious, now, it would immediately make you think that they were trying to hack your accounts and steal not just your money, but your identity, too. A little paranoia goes a long way!

So, what exactly is cyber security? It’s a combination of computer security, website security, password security, credit security, identity security, network security… well, you should get it. If it has anything to do with the device that you are using to read this and it’s concerned with security, it’s cyber security. So, why the new name? In the past, network security dealt with networks and computer security, computers, but there was no real idea of putting them all into a comprehensive umbrella. If you can make your network more secure by better-securing your server and you can make your computer more secure by better securing your network, why not make them all work together. By securing each thing, you secure all things even better!

In today’s world, where even the device in your pocket is connected to the office server, having a comprehensive security solution in place, one that uses all of this new-fangled cyber security, is the only way that you will stay secure. Novation Systems has been securing systems since the 1980’s. Contact us to help you!

HIPAA Availability

All businesses need to have a disaster recovery plan, but HIPAA rules require a disaster recovery plan that ensures that patient health information is made available in a "timely manner." Just what does the HHS and Office of Civil Rights think "timely" means? Recent events and responses include discussion of special circumstances and alterations to the privacy rule to ensure effective communications for health care workers in a disaster, including first-responders, volunteers, government and civil authorities and members of volunteer organizations. Nowhere in the rule does it state exactly what a timely response is considered to be, but professionals using knowledge of the situation and patient information are assumed to make information available in such a way as to minimize the  danger to patients and emergency workers. 

The first step for all of this is a PLAN. Without a plan, patient care and protections will fail. Fail to plan == plan to fail. 

If you do not have a plan in place, contact us. Our compliance team will get you on-track to meet these mandates, protect your practice and, most importantly, prepare you for the inevitable.