Category Archive for: Technology

Brandon Haggerty, CISSP

NorthStar Hires Brandon Haggerty, CISSP, GCWN

Brandon Haggerty, CISSP, GCWN Director of Security and Professional Services BA St John’s University MS Minnesota State University – Mankato NorthStar is pleased to announce that Brandon Haggerty, CISSP has joined NorthStar in a full-time capacity as of September 2018. Brandon’s interest in technology sparked at a young age, and has not let up since.  After…

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Free FISASCORE estimate

FISASCORE is a comprehensive, risk-based measurement of information security assigned to your company based on a proven and thorough assessment process. Once completed, FISASCORE will identify critical vulnerabilities, control gaps/ deficiencies, and applicable threats to the security of your organization.   WHY IS A FISASCORE IMPORTANT?   FISASCORE allows businesses and organizations to know and…

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Top 8 Security Risk Assessment Findings

We conduct dozens of security risk assessments for clients each year. It’s not surprising that we see a common pattern of issues among many of the organizations.  Below is a description of these issues and what you can do to manage the risk associated with them.  These common issues (vulnerabilities) made the list because they…

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top cybersecurity threats

4 Types of Threats

No matter how long you have been dealing with HIPAA there are probably some parts you just don’t get.  In the end, the HIPAA Security Rule exists to prevent bad stuff from happening.  So what is your risk of bad stuff happening?  That’s the purpose of one of the HIPAA requirements “conduct an accurate and…

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Learn the basics of safety during NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS MONTH National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) — held annually in October — is a collaborative effort between government, industry and organizations of all sizes to help you — and everyone — stay safer and more secure online. Since its inception under leadership from the…

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information security program

How to Start an Information Security “Program”

Executives and board members are slowly but surely starting to realize that information security efforts need to become a priority.  Current efforts to protect information are now subject to more scrutiny by their customers, insurance companies and the government.  Ransomware and cyberattacks have elevated global awareness of what makes for a solid information security “program.” But in fact, a “program” is…

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NIST Security Framework

Developing a plan for your organization’s security can seem like a daunting task, but there is help available The framework developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology is the standard for information security and with governmental compliance in a number of areas, including HIPAA.  The NIST Security Framework, created through collaboration between government and…

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5 Easy Things To Protect Your Business Now

 5 Easy Things You Should Do To Protect Your Business Now     Let’s face it: no one likes to think about bad things happening to them, much less plan for them. We want to give you a quick “brush-up” on some simple things you can (and should!) be doing to protect your business. Review Your…

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How SPAM puts your business at Risk

There are two broad categories of SPAM… malicious and non-malicious.  Non-malicious SPAM is typically email intended to solicit business and while it may reduce employee productivity, it is not a threat to your business computers, network or data. The stuff you have to worry about is the SPAM your employees may be clicking that can…

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How to use the CLOUD in your business

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