Cybersecurity and HIPAA Compliance Defined
The cybersecurity landscape has shifted dramatically and practices across the country are actively being targeted by hackers. Black Talon Security specializes in securing your practice’s or business's network by finding the “unlocked doors and windows” that hackers use to compromise your patient files. We serve small and medium businesses that range in size from $500,000 to $400,000,000 in revenue. In order to defend against attacks, our security experts will run highly advanced tools on your network to detect vulnerabilities and will work with your IT company to eliminate them. If you are a healthcare entity or a business associate, we will run a HIPAA Compliance scan that will identify areas of your network that need to be mitigated in order to become more HIPAA compliant.
As the industry leader in Cybersecurity, we offer a complete suite of compliance and cybersecurity solutions that are custom engineered for your practice.
Cybersecurity = Client & Patient Trust
Cybersecurity is not just about compliance...it is also about protecting the integrity and reputation of your practice or business. If your network is breached and patient or client data compromised, the negative PR that will hit your business is significant. Having to notify all your patients or clients of a data breach results in a loss of patient trust. Imagine if almost everyone in your community was talking about the breach that occurred at your office.
The Black Talon Security Difference
Unlike other security companies, Black Talon Security understands the human element of this business. Our focus has always been to work closely with our clients to help them build a secure business. Every client is assigned a project manager and this manager is responsible for insuring the successful mitigation of risk to your business. Your project manager will play the role of quarterback and work closely with your IT company or IT staff to make sure that vulnerabilities are being eliminated, training is being completed and everyone is staying on top of their responsibilities. Most cybersecurity companies run tests, hand you reports and say "have a nice day." We are the opposite and are very passionate about customer care and ultimately their success. Our end goal is to reduce your threat risk, not just provide you with a "feel good" solution.
Why Do I Need To Be Concerned?
Every day, small, medium and large businesses are being targeted by hackers. Your critical and valuable data is at risk. Most business owners and executives think their businesses are not going to be a targeted, but rather believe large groups are the primary targets. This is just not true. Hackers are looking to exploit the weakest links. Small and medium businesses and practices typically do not deploy the same level of security that larger institutions do. And with thousands of patient files on your network, your data is worth a small fortune. Hackers typically value a PII (Personally Identifiable Information) and ePHI (Electronic Protected Health Information/Medical Record) at $50 due to the complete profile of the individual such as SS#, DOB, address, relatives, etc. For comparison purposes, Social Security numbers sell for $10 and credit cards sell for $1.00.
Firewalls and anti-virus software are only the first step of a secure network. Vulnerability scanning and penetration testing are the real validations you need to verify the integrity of your network and the security of your patient data. Another key component of security relates to phishing scams and social engineering. Part of our solution involves educating you and your team members, via webinars, on potential threats that originate via email and phone calls.
If you are a healthcare provider or business associate, HIPAA compliance is not just about getting a document signed and pretending you are complying. It's about utilizing best practices to insure that you are doing everything possible to protect vital patient data. Penetration testing is the industry standard for security validation. If you have a breach and you cannot say that you utilized penetration testing to validate your security, you may not be HIPAA compliant, incur increased liability and face significant state and government fines.
The Importance of an Independent Security Audit
Black Talon Security is not a computer/IT company. We are a group of highly trained cybersecurity experts that have a very comprehensive understanding about networks and how cyber criminals breach networks. The industry standard is for IT companies to partner with cybersecurity companies to independently audit their work. If your IT company tells you that they can do everything that a cybersecurity company can do, you should be concerned. What are they hiding? Why would they not want the most secure solution for their clients? Who is independently checking the security of the networks they installed? Progressive business and IT companies understand the value and necessity of an independent audit by a company who stays on the forefront of data security.
The Ripple Effect of a Data Breach is Paralyzing
Don't leave your business or practice exposed to a data breach, ransomware or fines by risking everything you have worked so hard to achieve. Please contact us today for a Cybersecurity consultation and to see how we can secure your network and work closely with your IT company to give you some peace of mind.