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Why I ditched my servers for the Cloud - ZDNet

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Over the last two years, due to career changes, I've made the transition from datacenter consolidation specialist to a cloud architect.
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How To Create Incredible Customer Service Through The 'Small Data' Advantage

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Small data is a customer service and business-growth powerhouse. Far more than the much-hyped Big Data, small data gives you the power to improve your customer service and to stimulate and support successful business expansion.
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The Most Simple Explanation Of Cloud Computing Ever, From Google

The Most Simple Explanation Of Cloud Computing Ever, From Google | IT News & Information | Scoop.it

Google employs 450 full-time engineers to stop hackers and other snoopers from breaking into its data centers and cloud services. And today, Google published a report card of sorts on how well they are doing in those matters.


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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, August 28, 2014 2:20 AM

The new report explains how Google’s cloud computing services work and why they are safe (Edward Snowden be darned).

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Christopher Miller: Pentagon Kicks Off Multibillion Dollar EHR Modernization Contract Bidding

Christopher Miller: Pentagon Kicks Off Multibillion Dollar EHR Modernization Contract Bidding | IT News & Information | Scoop.it
Ready or not....here it comes. "@wusigma624: @sunnystill http://t.co/7yJ1tEKWia"
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Cyber Threats Are Greater Than Ever - Wall Street Daily

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Cyber Threats Are Greater Than Ever
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But more recently, cyber security has become a huge concern for major corporations, as well as the Department of Defense.
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The Top 9 Things I Want To See In Windows 9

The Top 9 Things I Want To See In Windows 9 | IT News & Information | Scoop.it
Windows 8 has been an unmitigated disaster for Microsoft. The company launched Windows 8 in an attempt to prove it was ready for the ongoing shift to ultra-mobile, touch-enabled devices, and ended up hurting one of its core businesses and hampering the PC market in general. Windows 8’s reception was [...]
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​Google goes public with security audits to ease corporate concerns - CNET

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TechCrunch Google goes public with security audits to ease corporate concerns CNET To prove its commitment, Google is making the details of an independent security audit and of a security compliance certificate available to the public for the...
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VoIP issues to be aware of - Woodbridge, Manassas, Arlington | TSI

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Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, has become one of the most popular communication methods used by businesses of all sizes. While there are many benefits VoIP can offer, including decreased costs, increased functions, and more, some businesses considering switching to VoIP should be aware of some potential problems that may run into.


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The Lighter Side Of The Cloud - Disaster Recovery Plan - CloudTweaks.com: Cloud Information

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The Lighter Side Of The Cloud - Disaster Recovery Plan

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How to Create a Business Continuity Plan

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A Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is the least expensive insurance any company can have (especially for small companies, as it costs virtually nothing to produce). It details how employees will stay in touch and keep doing their jobs in the...

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Forgot about HIPAA Compliance? Recent $4.8 Million Fine Should Serve as a Stark Reminder | CMIT Solutions

Forgot about HIPAA Compliance? Recent $4.8 Million Fine Should Serve as a Stark Reminder | CMIT Solutions | IT News & Information | Scoop.it

On May 7th, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights rocked the health-care world by handing down $4.8 million in fines to New York and Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) and Columbia University (CU) due to a breach of HIPAA regulations dating back to 2010. This represents the largest HIPAA-related settlement to date — and it resulted from the improper disclosure of electronic protected health information (ePHI) for just 6,800 individuals. That’s nearly $706 per exposed record!

How did the breach happen? Through preventable human error, which still represents the biggest threat to health care practice security. A physician and application developer employed by Columbia tried to deactivate a personal computer server on the network containing NYP patient ePHI, allowing the protected information to become accessible on public search engines. The breach was actually revealed when a deceased patient’s partner stumbled upon the former patient’s ePHI online. 

The investigation into NYP/CU’s data breach also found that neither organization

1) attempted to protect its network with appropriate IT safeguards;

2) conducted “accurate and thorough” risk analyses;

3) developed risk management plans for ePHI security; or

4) implemented policies and procedures spelling out information access management.

But the most revealing part of the story developed a week later on May 15th, when HealthITSecurity.com reported that many industry experts expect further heavy fines this summer — and stricter HIPAA audit rounds this fall. Health care attorney Susan Miller added that going above and beyond basic compliance requirements is the best way to protect a business from a breach and the fallout that follows it. She suggested these elements of a compliance package:

Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rule policies and proceduresNotices of Privacy Practices (NPPs) and business associate agreements (BAAs)Detailed breach plans reviewed and updated yearlyDetailed staff training plans reviewed and updated yearlyDetailed communication plans reviewed and updated yearlyBusiness continuity and disaster recovery plans reviewed and updated yearlyData encryption policies and proceduresAudit and monitoring plans reviewed and updated yearlyGovernance documentationAnnual internal HIPAA compliance auditsAnnual Security Risk Analyses and Assessments

Many small practitioners think the above requirements only apply to large medical offices. But HHS has handed down fines of $100,000 to a two-physician cardiac surgery office in Arizona and $150,000 to a four-location dermatology practice in New England. So the threat to one-doctor shops is real.

 

 


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Data Encryption and Law Firms, a Match Required by Law

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Much of the discussion on law firm security has focused on data encryption. The idea of “encryption” can generally be broken down into two types, encryption in motion and encryption at rest. Encryption in motion refers to the process of securing data while the data is sent and received so that the data cannot be intercepted. Encryption at rest refers to the practice of securing the data itself so that, even if intercepted, the data is unreadable.


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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, August 27, 2014 5:33 PM

Many law firms address security of their client and firm information by hosting it with cloud providers. Cloud business models often comprise data security protocols audited by third-parties.

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Making a stress-free migration to the cloud

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What are some ways you can ensure a smooth move to the cloud?

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The four things you can do to ensure a smooth transition: Know what you want from the cloud, choose the right cloud platform, give security serious consideration and finally, have the right people on board.

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I would like to develop cloudquery.com to allow people to search the for cloud data and  other information about the cloud. If possible the site could serve as a search portal in general.
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4 questions to ask when selecting an EHR - Practice Fusion Blog

Looking for an EHR? You’re not alone. According to Black Book rankings surveys, only 50.7% of providers are using a fully-functional EHR — and more than 40% of providers using an EHR are thinking about switching their system.
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Postal Service Loses Security Data After Backing It Up … On The Same Hardware - Daily Caller

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Postal Service Loses Security Data After Backing It Up … On The Same Hardware
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Hybrid cloud: is it right for your business?

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Sarah Lahav, CEO of software firm SysAid Technologies, gives us the inside track on why the hybrid cloud model is proving increasingly popular in the enterprise.
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Should Your Health App Be Culturally Sensitive?

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In order to significantly improve the outcomes and reduce the costs of our healthcare system, inclusion and diversity need to become integral parts of the innovation process.
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Gmail supports more characters - Woodbridge, Manassas, Arlington | TSI

Gmail supports more characters - Woodbridge, Manassas, Arlington | TSI | IT News & Information | Scoop.it

Did you know that until recently, Google has only supported email addresses that use specific characters and numbers? While this is fine for many users, some do business with users who have email addresses outside of the older supported characters. Google has recently announced a change to the characters they support. While this is a good move, this change could pose a security risk.

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Security from the Cloud: More Risky? | MSPmentor Blog

Security from the Cloud: More Risky? | MSPmentor Blog | IT News & Information | Scoop.it
One of the most often-cited inhibitors to the implementation of cloud-based computing is concern over security. But cloud-hosted environments actually provide many benefits that make them more secure than on-premise solutions.
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The Benefits of Cloud Computing for HR and Recruiting Professionals - Recruiting Trends

The Benefits of Cloud Computing for HR and Recruiting Professionals - Recruiting Trends | IT News & Information | Scoop.it

Cloud computing remains an ambiguous concept for many business leaders and decision-makers. This is especially true for HR and recruiting professionals trying to determine the benefits of the cloud and whether cloud computing is right for them.


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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, August 20, 2014 5:46 PM

By 2015, end-user spending on cloud services could be more than $180 billion—indicating a clear trend toward the cloud for businesses and other organizations.

 

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Lose Your Data, Lose Your Business

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Disasters, by definition, strike with little or no warning. Whether it's an extended power outage, a devastating storm, or some other unforeseen disruption, the most nerve-wracking part of owning a business is the unknown. But good news: we can prepare effectively to weather even the worst of storms. A solid disaster-recovery (DR) plan can mean the difference between a business bouncing back from a catastrophy or closing for good...studies that show data losses stemming from IT outages can prove fatal to small businesses more often than most of us would guess. For example, a U.S. National Archives and Records Administration study found that 25% of companies experiencing an IT outage of two to six days went bankrupt immediately, with even more following in the longer term.


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Take the first step to safeguarding your data. Get started with exploring some of the free open source disk imaging/cloning and data backup solutions being used by other small businesses featured here.