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Are You Asking the Right Security Questions?

The frequency and magnitude of security breaches continue to rise. Target, LinkedIn, Home Depot, Twitter, Wendy’s, Sony, and the list is growing. Even more worrisome, many breaches go unreported or worse yet, undiscovered. C-level executives are increasingly concerned with protecting their companies from security breaches. LightEdge’s Chief Security and Compliance Officer explores what questions C-Level executives are currently asking in regard to security and what we should be asking. With the spotlight on Information Security, business leaders are asking:

  • Are we protected?
  • What gaps do we have?
  • Are we a target?
  • What should we be protecting?
  • We have a firewall and Antivirus software, isn’t that enough?

A firewall and Antivirus software were once considered a solid security strategy. While these are still good practices, this strategy is like locking your car doors. It keeps us from being an easy target, but will not protect us from the level of sophistication today’s cyber criminals have at their disposal.

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Cyberattack Threat and Prevention

If your organization isn’t as secure as it could be, what can you do? The current market for security tools is hard to navigate. Forty-five major vendors offer 85 major security tools from which organizations can choose. Once the tools are purchased, you are left on your own to integrate and layer these tools, which are oftentimes incompatible with each other.

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How to Tech Guide: Encryption for Data Security

Widespread connectivity creates many entryways for cybercriminals to hack your network. When data falls into the wrong hands, the consequences can be devastating. Accounting for all of the traveling data across your computers, mobile devices, databases and cloud systems is a serious challenge. Luckily, there are tried-and-true methods to safeguard your assets—and encryption is at the top of that list.

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Preventing and Mitigating a Data Breach

Cybersecurity crimes and data breaches are on the rise, and it’s estimated that these crimes will cost $6 trillion annually by 2021. Small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are more likely to fall victim; oftentimes, SMBs don’t think they are large enough to target and lack the proper technology and processes to protect their network. In fact, 87% of SMBs surveyed by Symantec’s Security Threat Report said they didn’t feel like they were at risk for a breach.

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Patient Privacy and Data Security: Utilizing IT Vendors to Meet HIPAA Compliance and Avoid Risks

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, was enacted by Congress to protect sensitive patient data. The act contains a “Privacy Rule” and a “Security Rule,” which protect the privacy of patients and set standards for the security of electronic protected health information (e-PHI). Together, these rules establish national standards for how companies should handle sensitive patient data and ensure data confidentiality, availability, and integrity.

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HIPAA Compliant Private Clouds

As more and more healthcare businesses evaluate cloud-based technologies to solve their IT problems, many have come to realize that the promise of inexpensive, flexible, and scalable computing solutions often obscures the traditional boundaries used to secure sensitive information. With evolving cybersecurity threats and a changing legal landscape surrounding the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of sensitive healthcare data, many businesses are left wondering whether the cloud is even a safe option.

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How to Deploy a Secure Compliant Cloud for Healthcare

Cloud services offer clear benefits—performance, cost savings, and scalability to name a few—so it’s no wonder healthcare organizations are eager to take advantage of all that the cloud has to offer. Unfortunately, vulnerabilities are often introduced to your network when you adopt new technology. Cloud computing is a prime example, as the implementation process brings security and compliance concerns.

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Case Studies

In 2008, KaleidaCare turned to LightEdge to provide compliant colocation services for a portion of their IT environment. However, as KaleidaCare’s customer base grew, so did the demands on their infrastructure. KaleidaCare was quickly amassing a large customer base each with their own database of client information, patient medical records, and billing information. After determining that an additional investment to add physical servers to their existing environment was costprohibitive, KaleidaCare approached LightEdge again in early 2013. They decided to enhance their IT footprint through LightEdge’s high security, private cloud and cloud-delivered services. This included a network of storage devices that would enable the company to scale easily as it continued to grow.

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