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What is two-factor authentication (and why should you care)?

Posted by Steven Thom on Mar 26, 2017 8:18:11 PM

Much has been said in recent stories about two-factor authentication (also known as "2FA"), with Instagram, Nest, Apple, Ebay, and many others making it available on their respective websites. A solution that sounded nerdy as recently as a few years ago is starting to sound almost mandatory for average folks. So what is two-factor authentication and why should you care?

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Topics: breach, Business Continuity, cardholder data environment, catastrophic data loss, chicago computer support, chicago IT support, disaster preparedness, disclosure, hacker, PCI, Security, threat, vulnerability

Lessons learned from the Target PCI Breach

Posted by Steven Thom on Feb 15, 2014 1:51:31 PM

More information has been trickling out regarding the massive Target PCI breach that took place during the 2013 Christmas shopping season. Forensic researchers first learned that hackers penetrated Target's network by means of a business transaction portal. It appears that Fazio Mechanical Services was the source. Fazio is a Pittsburgh-area nationwide mechanical contractor that services many large retailers. Now more details are emerging about the mechanism hackers used to infect the HVAC contractor. There are serious lessons here that businesses of all sizes need to learn. It's safe to say the face of PCI compliance will forever be changed as a result of the findings.

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Topics: 0day, breach, business continuity, cardholder data environment, chicago computer support, chicago IT support, Chicago PC Support, disclosure, exploit, firefox, firewall, hacker, homeland security, internet, internet explorer, java, Mac, malware, PCI, privacy, security, Security, software, update, virus, vulnerability, zero-day

Defend Against the CryptoLocker Virus

Posted by Steven Thom on Nov 16, 2013 7:39:06 PM

The "CryptoLocker" virus has been making a great deal of noise lately. Though we at Thom Infotech have not personally encountered it, we know others who have. We've written this post to help you to understand and defend against the CryptoLocker virus.

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Topics: 0day, adobe, breach, business continuity, Business Continuity, catastrophic data loss, chicago computer support, chicago IT support, Chicago PC Support, cryptolocker, disaster, disclosure, email, encrypt, encryption, ePHI, exploit, explorer, facebook, firefox, firewall, flash, google, hacker, Hipaa, Hippa, homeland security, infection, internet, internet explorer, java, malware, microsoft, oracle, patch, privacy, security, Security, software, update, UTM, virus, viruses, vulnerability, zero-day

WordPress now offers automatic updates

Posted by Steven Thom on Oct 31, 2013 6:37:41 PM

There is welcome news for web developers this week as WordPress now offers automatic updates to the uber-popular web development platform. Starting out as a blogging tool, WordPress has morphed into a full website development ecosystem. Like many, this author has embraced WordPress due to its simplicity, flexibility, and easy search engine optimization.

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Topics: 0day, adobe, Apple, breach, chicago computer support, chicago IT support, Chicago PC Support, disclosure, email, exploit, firefox, firewall, flash, hacker, Hipaa, homeland security, internet, internet explorer, java, Mac, malware, microsoft, oracle, privacy, security, Security, software, threat, unpatched, update, virus, viruses, vulnerability, Wordpress, zero-day

Advocate Healthcare HIPAA Breach Results in Class Action Lawsuit

Posted by Steven Thom on Sep 21, 2013 4:02:31 PM

Reports of HIPAA breach incidents are nothing new. HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) stipulates that healthcare providers, insurance companies, and those who serve them (also known as "Business Associates") take extensive measures to protect the Protected Health Information (PHI) of their patients. Even the dearly departed are protected from such disclosures. For this reason, the United Stated Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requires that providers report data breaches that reach a certain threshold. Though disturbing, this is nothing new.

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Topics: breach, chicago computer support, chicago IT support, Chicago PC Support, disclosure, EHR, EMR, ePHI, Healthcare IT, Hipaa, Hippa, medical, privacy, Security

August 2013 Microsoft Patch Tuesday is Here

Posted by Steven Thom on Aug 13, 2013 2:28:03 PM

It's the second Tuesday of the month, so that means it's Patch Tuesday. Microsoft will begin rolling out patches as the day progresses. This means your computer will likely reboot overnight. Here's a rundown of the patches you can expect.

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Topics: 0day, breach, Chicago PC Support, disclosure, EHR, EMR, Healthcare IT, Hipaa, internet explorer, malware, microsoft, patch, Security, vulnerability, zero-day

Six people fired from Cedars-Sinai over patient privacy breach

Posted by Steven Thom on Jul 20, 2013 7:03:26 PM

According to the LA Times, five workers and a student research assistant were fired in the wake of a patient privacy breach affecting the patient medical records of 14 patients.

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Topics: breach, chicago computer support, Chicago PC Support, disclosure, EHR, EMR, ePHI, Healthcare IT, Hipaa, Hippa, medical, security

WellPoint Fined $1.7M For ePHI Disclosure

Posted by Steven Thom on Jul 20, 2013 1:48:49 PM

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last week that the managed care company WellPoint, Inc. had agreed to pay a fine of $1.7 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) privacy and security rules.

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Topics: breach, chicago computer support, Chicago PC Support, disclosure, EHR, EMR, ePHI, Healthcare IT, Hipaa, medical, security

Idaho State University fined $400,000 for skipping HIPAA Security Risk Analysis

Posted by Steven Thom on Jun 18, 2013 8:43:35 AM

Skipped HIPAA Security Risk Analysis costs ISU $400,000

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Topics: breach, chicago computer support, chicago IT support, disclosure, EHR, EMR, ePHI, firewall, Healthcare IT, Hipaa, Hippa, medical, PHI, security, vulnerability

Anti-virus software alone is not enough

Posted by Steven Thom on Mar 4, 2013 1:17:18 PM

"Anti-virus software alone is not enough"... so says the number one antivirus provider Symantec in this post. A rather stunning admission I would say, and something many in the computer and network security industry have known for quite some time.

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