Is It Possible to Have HIPAA Compliant Gmail?

With around 1.5 million users, Gmail is the most popular email service but can Gmail be used by healthcare organizations to send protected health information? Is it possible to make Gmail HIPAA compliant? Is Gmail HIPAA Compliant? In order for Gmail to be HIPAA compliant, Google would have to ensure that the email platform is… Read More »

Is SharePoint HIPAA Compliant?

Is SharePoint HIPAA Compliant? SharePoint’s collaboration features make it one of the most used platforms for fortune 500 companies, with 78% using the web-based document management and storage system. As a Microsoft product, SharePoint integrates easily with Microsoft Office. The powerful platform is particularly appealing for healthcare organizations as SharePoint can establish a base for… Read More »

Does HIPAA Apply to Schools?

HIPAA applies to healthcare providers, health plans, healthcare clearinghouses, and business associates of those entities but how does HIPAA apply to schools? In this post we explore when HIPAA applies to schools and how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act intersects with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Does HIPAA Apply to… Read More »

Alomere Health Phishing Attack Impacts 49,351 Patients

Alomere Health in Alexandria, MN is notifying almost 50,000 patients that some of their protected health information was potentially accessed by unauthorized individuals as a result of a phishing attack. Alomere Health learned about the phishing attack on November 6, 2019 and launched an internal investigation which confirmed the account was accessed by an unauthorized… Read More »

Up to 25K Patients of the Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest Affected by Malware Attack

Portland, OR-based Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest, Inc., (NARA), a provider of education, physical and mental health services and substance abuse treatment services to native Americans, is alerting certain individuals about a malware infection that has potentially allowed unauthorized individuals to gain access to their protected health information. NARA reports that the attack… Read More »

FBI Issues Alert as Maze Ransomware Attacks Increase in the U.S.

Last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a flash alert warning private companies in the United States about the threat of attacks involving Maze ransomware. The warning came just a few days after the FBI issued an alert about two other ransomware variants, LockerGoga and MegaCortex. The Maze ransomware TLP: Green warning is… Read More »

DHS Warns of Retaliatory Cyberattacks in Response to U.S. Drone Strike

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning about retaliatory cyberattacks following the military action in Iraq in which Iran’s top general, Major General Qasem Soleimani, was killed in a done strike. The U.S. Department of Defense issued a statement saying “General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service… Read More »