The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) originally became law 22 years ago in 1996. The original and sustained central requirement was to regulate access, portability and renewability of healthcare coverage. In support of this central theme, Title II discussed specific procedures for maintaining privacy and security of personally identifiable health information (PHI). Over the years this was supplemented by the Security Rule in 2003, the HITECH act in 2009 and the Final Omnibus Rule in 2013.
HIPAA compliance typically reinforces policy and procedure, focusing on attestation, but nothing technically prevents someone from viewing information they are not supposed to see. Security on the other hand enforces defense measures to prevent mishaps like this from happening. As healthcare continues to change and rely more on technology, we must address the differences between privacy and security, progressing to a more proactive and defensive approach to protecting patient’s electronic health records and properly controlling and providing access to secured data and devices. Although an organization can pass its HIPAA/HITECH audit 10 years in a row, they can still be problematic from a Cyber Security standpoint.
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Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.
Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.
John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services. Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.
He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.