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Is Ransomware Reportable Under HIPAA Requirements?

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) states that “When electronic protected health information (ePHI) is encrypted as the result of a ransomware attack, a breach has occurred because the ePHI encrypted by the ransomware was acquired (i.e., unauthorized individuals have taken possession or control of the information), and thus is a “disclosure” not permitted under the HIPAA Privacy Rule,”.  Bad guys having control over your data and blackmailing you to retrieve the decryption keys qualifies as a breach.

F1 Solutions Performs Risk Assessments

As a reminder to those of you that fall under some kind of government compliance requirements, F1 Solutions can help you through the risk assessment and remediation process.  F1 is a leader in the Huntsville and North Al area and has the Information Technology security expertise that is essential to the regulatory compliance process.

What is F1 doing to be compliant?

Many of our clients fall under some type of government regulations due to the sensitivity or the data that they store, process or transmit.  Because F1 Solutions has unique access to client networks and manages clients in the Healthcare, Financial, Government Contracting, Infrastructure, and Retail industries, we decided years ago to strengthen our own data protections to better support you.

Elements of a Good Security Awareness Program

Those of you that fall under data protections regulations like HIPAA, DFARS, ITAR, FISMA, SOX, GLBA, PCI DSS and others, know that you are required by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) to have an ongoing Data Security Program.  You must train at least once per year on how to recognize ways that  malware can infiltrate your systems and must have an periodic, security reminder program.

Information Update – F1 Offers Cloud Services Support

F1 Solutions is a proud re-seller of Office 365, Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google hosted cloud services.  Many of you might be wondering if “the cloud” is the right option for you and this very well may be the case.  With Microsoft, Amazon and Google all getting into this arena, the cloud is the new buzz word.

What’s New with Windows 10 Creator Edition

There are a lot of exciting changes announced in the new Windows 10 Creators Update offering.  Better visual features, easier collaborations, better VPN, a smarter platform, better security and a whole host of other wonderful features.  I would highly recommend that you review more information here:

What’s new in the Windows 10 Creators Update

For the full list of new updates to this wonderful operating system.

WannaCry Ransomware Attack- Assessing risk

Late last week the world awoke to a massive attack on an exploit found on unpatched systems. This was a known vulnerability that Microsoft patched weeks ago, however those who were still using old operating system versions or had a poor patch management strategy, were caught in this extortion trap.

Data Security For The “Road Warrior” Traveler

Many of us that travel are all too familiar with needing to hop online and get a critical document to a client while waiting for your plane, in a coffee shop or at a trade show. For the “road warrior”, checking into our hotel and doing another few hours of work is the norm.

Google Searches Now Have A Check In Front Of Search Topic

Google Searches Now Have A Check In Front Of Search Topic

Some of you may have noticed a subtle but important change with the results of a Google search. There may be a green circle with a white check mark before some of the search results.

According to Google’s website; “Google’s Safe Browsing technology examines billions of URLs per day looking for unsafe websites.