Tag Archives: risk assessment

HIPAA Audits Maybe, But Audit Preparedness Definitely!

According to a Bloomberg article, the second phase of HIPAA audits by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), originally set to commence in 2014, may be coming soon. This update came at a HIPAA conference co-hosted by OCR during which OCR Director Jocelyn Samuels said the agency was in the process of confirming contact information of … Continue Reading

FCC Settles First Data Security Action

UPDATE:  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reached a settlement with two telecom companies in connection with allegations the telecom companies violated the law regarding the privacy of phone customers’ personal information. As we previously reported and discussed, in October 2014 the FCC initiated its first data security case against TerraCom, Inc. and YourTel America, … Continue Reading

Prepare For Increased HIPAA Fines

Since mid-2013, the Department of Health and Human Services has recovered more than $10 million from numerous entities in connection with alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”).  However, during a recent American Bar Association conference, Jerome B. Meites, a chief regional civil rights counsel at the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) … Continue Reading

Stolen Laptops = HIPAA Settlements Totaling Nearly Two Million Dollars

Unencrypted laptop computers and other mobile devices pose significant risks to the security of patient information, reminds the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in its announcement yesterday that it collected $1,975,220 from two entities collectively to resolve potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) … Continue Reading

Start 2013 On The Right Foot – Assess Your Organization’s Information Risk

The $50,000 in penalties that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently imposed on a health care provider in Idaho was due in part to allegations that the HIPAA covered entity had not conducted a risk assessment as required under the HIPAA privacy and security regulations. Of course, HIPAA is not the only law that requires a risk assessment. … Continue Reading

The White House’s Cybersecuirty Legislative Proposal

Today the White House issued a Cybersecurity Legislative Proposal. The proposed legislation focuses on protecting the American people, the nation’s critical infrastructure, and the federal government’s computers and networks.  While legislation of this nature would simplify the breach reporting process for businesses, and overall streamline cybersecurity laws, a number of legislative attempts to do this have previously failed.  … Continue Reading

Small to Mid-Sized Businesses Wake Up! The National Association of Secretaries of State Warns Identity Theft Does Not Just Hurt Individuals

The National Association of Secretaries of State has recognized that the newest victims of identity theft are small and medium-sized businesses. These businesses need to take steps to safeguard not only personal information of customers, employees and others, but also the businesses' corporate and financial data.… Continue Reading

FTC Proposes Revised FCRA Notices

Pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (pdf), the Federal Trade Commission has promulgated three notices (pdf): (i) A General Summary of Rights; (ii) A Notice to Furnishers of Information to Consumer Reporting Agencies; and (iii) A Notice to Users of Consumer Reports (such as employers). In late August, the FTC proposed revisions to the three current … Continue Reading

The Fundamentals of a Risk Assessment

The most frequent question we hear from clients who want to develop or tighten their data privacy and security policies and procedures: Where do we start? In most cases, the first step for the group charged with this task is to understand the organization’s "information risk." This means, in short, examining what information the company has, … Continue Reading