HIPAA and Ransomware: Protect Against Attacks and Violation Penalties
Regulators have confirmed that comprehensive HIPAA Phase 2 ONSITE audits will begin in late 2017 to early 2018, and that "every covered entity and business associate is eligible for an audit" – this means YOU and there is barely any time left to prepare.
Getting chosen for a HIPAA Phase 2 comprehensive onsite audit is completely random. So, there's really no way for you to avoid being the next victim. But you can take action to avoid getting hit with a violation and massive fines – and it may not be what you think.
Although you must have a solid plan in place to protect your data from breaches due to staff and vendor mistakes, there is another risk area that can lead to significant penalties that you may not realize you can avoid - cyberattacks. Practices, just like yours, are being hit at an alarming rate. It's because hackers assume your practice will be less prepared to ward off an attack than a massive hospital - and most of the time they're right.
Cyberattacks generally use ransomware that infects your computers, encrypts your files, and then the hacker demands you pay a ransom to get your own files back. To make matters worse, HIPAA then considers these files compromised, which means you could be subject to significant penalties and fines. Unless you know what to do…
That's where HIPAA and data management expert, John Brewer, can help. During his 60-minute online training session, you will receive step-by-step, plain-English tactics that you can easily implement to protect your practice from these dangerous predators.
Here are just a few of the proven protection tactics you’ll receive:
One innocent click on an email that’s infected with ransomware, and your ability to see patients can grind to a halt. And if this happens, how much would you pay to get access to your patient records again? Hackers know how important this data is to you, and that you need it to run your practice. The best way to avoid a situation like this is to be prepared.
You don’t have to be a victim to ransomware extortionists. This step-by-step online training will provide you with the tools you need to significantly reduce your chances of being hit with an attack. And if you are attacked, this online session can help significantly reduce the penalties you could be hit with for a HIPAA violation.
In most cases, you probably wouldn’t even realize you’ve been attacked by ransomware until it’s too late. Don’t wait, order this must-have online training today.
Early in the 2000's John got heavily involved with HIPAA compliance as he desired to ensure his medical IT clients were compliant with the law. As he researched he realized most people had no idea how HIPAA compliance was to coincide with their computers. Over the years he has become an expert on HIPAA compliance, and as a byproduct, Meaningful Use compliance as it deals with the Security Risk Assessment which is a requirement started by Stage 1, that essentially will never end. His company, Med Tech USA LLC, provides private practice physicians with solutions to simplify the HIPAA compliance process.
“The overall material discussed was very helpful.”
- Kimetta Hardge, IT Coordinator, Mantachie Rural Health Care, Inc., Mantachie, MS
“Went directly to point of subject.”
- Cynthia Garner, Practice Manager, Pediatric Ophthalmology, PA, Dallas, TX