What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know About Protecting Their Digital Records

For healthcare professionals, understanding the relevant legislation can be a daunting task. They must learn how to adapt to changes in the world or face stiff fines and other penalties. This is especially true in the field of digital information management. In 1996, then-US President Bill Clinton signed into law the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) Act. The first …

Password Security: How Hackers Steal Data and Savvy Users Keep It Safe

Digital security has never been more important than it has been in 2014. Cyber crimes are becoming both more prolific and more devastating. Most recently, the world learned that Russian hackers had stolen 1.2 billion unique password and user name combinations. Shortly afterward, two US supermarkets announced they too had been hacked. Customers’ credit card information was stolen from 180 …

CryptoWall: The Latest in Ransomware and Cyber Crime

Over the last year, authorities have been fighting a series of ransomware viruses — first CryptoLocker, then CryptoDefense, and now Cryptowall. CryptoLocker infected over 500,000 computers and although only 1.3% of the victims paid the ransom, the criminals are believed to have made about $3 million dollars. In June 2014, the US Justice Department began a multinational campaign to eradicate …

What You Need to Know About the Heartbleed Bug

If you’ve visited a website in the last three years, you’ve likely been affected by what many consider the single worst security vulnerability to ever hit the Internet. This weakness, known as the Heartbleed bug, occurs in the popular OpenSSL library. Information typically protected by SSL/TLS encryption, such as private keys and passwords, can be stolen. Attacks also occur silently …

Which OS Should Your Company Upgrade To In A Post-Windows XP World?

On April 8th of 2014, Windows XP will officially reach its end of life as per theMicrosoft Windows lifecycle factsheet. At that point, Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP with patches, bug fixes, security updates, or any kind of technical assistance except for those customers paying for extended support. With extended support prices easily exceeding half a million for …

Cloud Hosting vs. File Servers: A Pros and Cons Analysis

With cloud computing well into the mainstream and steadily replacing roles currently filled by traditional server architecture, it’s time to ask the big question: can cloud hosting replace traditional file servers for storing and sharing files between employees in your organization? Serving, sharing, and storing files was probably the very reason many small and midsize companies built out their intranet …