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NIST Publishes Draft Fifth Revision of SP 800-53, Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations and Requests Public Comment

August 16, 2017. On August 15, 2017, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced publication of the Draft Fifth Revision of NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-53 in a news [...]

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Take Precautions to Avoid Ransomware Intrusions and Adverse Consequences

August 9, 2017. The September 2017 issue of Consumer Reports has an article in the Ask Our Experts section entitled: “How do ransomware attacks work? And if one happens to me, should I pay?” Here [...]

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NIST Publishes National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework aka NICE Framework

August 8, 2017. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published with an August 2017 publication date NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-181: National Initiative for [...]

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HHS/OCR Has Improved Breach Portal for Notifying HHS of a Breach of Unsecured PHI and Cases Under Investigation

July 27, 2017. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has improved its breach portal for filing a Notice to the Secretary of HHS—Breach of [...]

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NIST Publishes New Digital Identity Guidelines in Four Online Documents

June 27, 2017. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released this month new Digital Identity Guidelines in a suite of four final documents in the Special Publication (SP) 800 [...]

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HHS OIG Releases Audit of Electronic Health Record (EHR) Meaningful Use Payments

June 13, 2017. On June7, 2017, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a Report of an audit of incentive payments to eligible [...]

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OCR Publishes Quick-Response Cyberattack Checklist and Graphic for Healthcare Covered Entities and Business Associates

June 12, 2017. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published on June 8, 2017 via its SecurityList “OCR Quick Response Cyber Attack [...]

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FBI Releases Guidance on Hardening Security Defenses in Your Organization’s Email System to Thwart Phishing Attempts

June 6, 2017. On May 30, 2017, the Portland, OR office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a news release entitled: FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense with an Email Fortress. [...]

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CMS Updates Emergency Preparedness Rule Guidance June 2, 2017, with Clarifying FAQs

June 4, 2017. On June 2, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an update entitled: Emergency Preparedness Rule that revises certain downloadable Frequently Asked [...]

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November 15, 2017 Compliance Date for CMS Emergency Preparedness Regulations Just 5-1/2 Months Away

June 1, 2017. On September 16, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published in the Federal Register the Final Rule entitled: “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Emergency [...]