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HIPAA compliance

Security Audit for HIPAA Compliance – 5 steps

The term “security audit” is often used synonymously with security risk assessment and risk analysis. A security audit for HIPAA compliance is when Health and Human Services (HHS) audits a covered entity or business associate to determine their level of compliance with the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules. You can learn more about…

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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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IT Security News

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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Satkunam Receives Cyber Security Certification

  Satkunam Receives Cyber Security Certification Ken Satkunam, President of NorthStar Technology Group, has recently received his Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) from ISACA The CISM certification promotes international security practices and recognizes the individual who manages, designs, and oversees and assesses an enterprise’s information security. Ken assists businesses and healthcare organization to assess their…

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HIMSS 2017 and the Rural Healthcare Market

HIMSS 2017 and the Rural Healthcare Market I attended my first HIMSS (Healthcare Information Management Systems Society) conference in Orlando this last week.  HIMSS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare through the best use of information technology and management systems. The size and scope of this conference is gigantic. Every year the event…

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