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4 Steps to Increase IT Security

Posted on Tue, Oct 1, 2013

IT Security is paramount to the uninterrupted running of network operations. Unfortunately, for many companies IT security means anti-virus or malware protection...and nothing else. It's easy to allow the news of hackers taking down mutil-billion dollar businesses with one calculated effort influence the security decisions your company makes. However offputting these scenarios are, remember that a strong IT posture is dependant on a multifacted approach to protecting your network. Here are four steps, that you can start today, to improve the overall IT security of your business.

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Tags: IT Security, Compliance, Network Monitoring

Are There Hidden Benefits to IT Compliance?

Posted on Thu, Aug 1, 2013

Businesses today struggle more and more with IT compliance demands that are required of them from all areas. The fact of the matter is that these demanding regulations are here to stay. The bright side is that accomplishing compliance goals are relatively straightforward and once they have been implemented effectively, they contribute in enhancing and enabling the business in a big way.

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Tags: IT Services philadelphia, IT solutions philadelphia, Managed Services, IT Support, Compliance

IT Solutions for Compliance Timelines

Posted on Thu, Jul 25, 2013

Businesses involved with the use or processing of credit card information must be sure that its systems are compliant with the payment card industry's data security standard (known as PCI Compliance).  This includes all companies that take credit cards as a form of payment.  When these companies begin to use IT solutions such as virtualization and cloud computing, remaining compliant with PCI DSS can become a much larger challenge. 

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Tags: Compliance, IT Governance, it outsourcing services

How to Derive Benefits From IT Compliance

Posted on Mon, Jan 28, 2013

Businesses today struggle more and more with IT compliance demands that are required of them from all areas. The fact of the matter is that these demanding regulations are here to stay. The bright side is that accomplishing compliance goals are relatively straightforward and once they have been implemented effectively, they contribute in enhancing and enabling the business in a big way. The key is to understand what IT compliance can accomplish and how all its various areas can contribute to further enhancing and complementing business operations and reducing information related risks. The most notable benefits of having an IT governance strategy in place are not just to avoid fines and penalties but also to enhance and measure business performance.

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Tags: Compliance, IT Governance, Healthcare

7 Key Factors for Choosing the Best IT Governance Model

Posted on Fri, Jan 18, 2013

At some point, your business may need to consider (or reconsider) an IT governance model. IT governance refers to a set of IT practices that align with your business strategies to ensure compliance and security.

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Tags: Risk Management, Compliance, IT Governance

Virtualization: Streamlining Compliance for Healthcare Providers

Posted on Mon, Nov 12, 2012

Healthcare service providers have become more frequent targets of malware attacks in recent times. Why is this? Their databases possess valuable patient and client information, and are sometimes more vulnerable due to the volume of information stored in these databases. These files contain personal, financial, and other sensitive and private details that can be lucrative if stolen. This information is constantly transmitted in a variety of transactions, like email, making the data vulnerable to attack. When this information is stolen there can be significant legal and financial repercussions for the healthcare provider, which is why it is vital to keep all sensitive information secure.

To protect the privacy and integrity of this information, IT security administrators monitor systems for vulnerabilities, following HIPAA security compliance standards. When a system has a large number of devices to monitor, it provides more opportunity for intrusions to occur. Internal IT teams do their best, but manually auditing security processes may not be an adequate solution to the problem. It can take large amounts of time both to implement and then to maintain the measures to protect the organization adequately from viruses and other attacks. That is why many healthcare organizations decide to outsource in order to satisfy compliance standards. Outsourcing a business's security and streamlining the monitoring process also allows for a more effective and secure networked.

The first step for healthcare providers to become compliant is to ensure that their internal policies are in accordance with HIPAA standards. When these standards are followed, patient data is more likely to remain private and secure, and the healthcare provider is seen as a dependable, reliable, and trustworthy entity. To help maintain compliance, the use of virtualization can be a successful solution. 
  
Virtualization is the creation of a virtual (rather than physical) machine on an existing device, such as a hardware platform, operating system or storage device. Building a secure network and maintaining a vulnerability management program on fewer machines allows IT professionals to spend less time monitoring and maintaining the security of their devices. Through virtualization, a healthcare provider's IT department can efficiently:
  • Protect confidential data and critical IT systems, prevent loss of data, and automate an organization's compliance policies and processes
  • Develop solutions that increase a healthcare organization's business and IT agility
  • Automatically identify and protect databases and storage devices that contain sensitive and private data like social security numbers and credit card information
  • Create practical policies that ensure patient privacy
  • Secure IT systems while meeting compliance requirements
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Tags: Compliance, Virtualization

Failure to Comply: Why Breaches Occur due to Non-Compliance

Posted on Wed, Oct 31, 2012

If your organization falls under any of the types of government compliance, it’s crucial that employees follow the proper protocol to be compliant with IT security policies. Executives designate the process of ensuring that compliance standards are followed to IT leaders generally. The IT department determines where there are compliance gaps and applies the necessary measures and policies. However, for these measures to work efficiently, everyone in the organization must follow them. Unfortunately, employee non-compliance with policies can happen and when it does, security breaches are possible.

Here are the top five causes of breaches due to non-compliance: 

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Tags: Security, Compliance

Hacker News: Inside the Barnes & Noble Data Breach

Posted on Thu, Oct 25, 2012

Hackers have stolen credit card information from 63 Barnes & Noble stores across the US, reported the New York Times yesterday.

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Tags: Security, Compliance, Disaster Recovery, Anti-Virus

How HIPAA and Email Encryption work together

Posted on Thu, Oct 4, 2012


Healthcare is a necessary evil in most American's lives - if you're lucky enough to have it. With the possibility of manditory national healthcare on the horizon, it is imperative for IT departments and healthcare professionals alike to be aware of the link between HIPAA and email encryption.

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Tags: Compliance, Email Encryption, IT Governance

IT Compliance: SEC Guideline Changes for Cyber Disclosure

Posted on Wed, Oct 3, 2012

The Securities and Exchange Commission, simply known as the SEC, has guidelines (also known as compliance standards) which tell companies when to divulge information on cyber attacks. This act is called Cyber Disclosure. Recently, the SEC has demanded that six high profile public companies divulge information regarding cyber breaches to their investors - Amazon Inc, Google Inc., Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., American International Group Inc., Eastman Chemical Co., and Quest Diagnostics Inc.

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Tags: Cyber Security, Compliance, IT Governance

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