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Clutch Recognizes VMRacks in Cloud Consulting Industry

07Jun 2019
By vmradmin, VM Racks

Since our founding in 1997, we have been providing uncompromising and affordable data security. We work with both large, enterprise-level companies and small offices and clinics providing the same, high-quality service to each. No matter how big or small, we help them keep their costs low and ensure their data is kept available, secure, and HIPAA Compliant. Because of our good work, we are listed among Clutch’s top cloud consulting services.

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Protect Sensitive Patient Information with VM Racks

28May 2019
By vmradmin, VM Racks

Healthcare organizations face somewhat of a double whammy when it comes to digital security. Not only do they have to protect their businesses from evergrowing threats — including sophisticated phishing schemes, DDoS attacks, and ransomware — but they must do so in compliance with strict government regulations.

In 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted in the U.S. by President Bill Clinton to protect sensitive patient data within the healthcare system. At the end of the Great Recession, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the

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Do You Know the Difference

11May 2019
By vmradmin, VM Racks

Should I obtain either or both statuses?

These are common questions that should be addressed when dealing with the protection of medical data and patient records within a HIPAA Compliant hosting environment. First, the differences:

  • HIPAA Compliance refers to following the proper rules in accordance with requirements and regulations set forth by policies or guidelines.
  • HIPAA Certification is the process to obtain or be awarded a document or designation to attest a person has completed an educational course.

These statuses cannot be used interchangeably; they each have their own separate purposes. For example,…

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How We Envision Multi-Cloud

11May 2019
By vmradmin, VM Racks

The clouds are gathering, so to speak. Multi-cloud technology is no longer on the horizon – it’s here.

Traditionally, healthcare organizations have been slow to embrace the benefits of the cloud, rightfully focusing on the need for essential data security. An MSSP like VMRacks helps alleviate those concerns, by providing a 24/7, managed cloud environment, able to weather the storms of targeted, malicious attacks.

But the possibility of having workloads locked into “the wrong cloud provider” has always been troubling – a negative towards the goal of…

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Why your forms must be HIPAA Compliant

18Apr 2019
By vmradmin, VM Racks

Anyone who handles medical information has probably heard the horror stories about what happens when protected data falls into the wrong hands.

There is, for instance, the $16 million settlement that health insurance giant Anthem is paying in response to the largest U.S. health data breach in history.

In that case, hackers sent spear phishing emails to an Anthem subsidiary, where at least one employee responded to a fraudulent email and opened Pandora’s box for continued attacks. An investigation later found that the data breachRead more

Are Windows Server Platforms HIPAA Compliant

13Apr 2019
By vmradmin, VM Racks

Are Windows Server Platforms HIPAA Compliant?

Mission critical servers are valued for their longevity, and Windows is no exception. As a closed-source technology, Windows Server platforms typically have a long life-cycle, in part, because the training and manuals for the tools are proprietary, just like the software.

But similar to the Windows desktop distributions (XP, Vista, 7, 8,8.1, & 10), the Windows Server architectures can be problematic for HIPAA compliance. Yet with diligent care, a computer running Windows Server can comply with all aspects of HIPAA, and become an acceptable server on which protected health information (PHI)…

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Charity and Security Begin at Home

13Apr 2019
By vmradmin, VM Racks

It’s a debated idea in our national discourse lately, and believe it or not, there’s a parallel to cybersecurity. The charity debate (as we’ll call it) comes as a question of priorities; should we only look after ourselves and our own, and let it end there?

With no political agenda here, we can say that If one truly understands charity toward fellow man – especially in its supreme expression in the “Golden Rule” – the answer would clearly be “no.”…

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Why Establish a Security Culture

13Apr 2019
By Stephen Trout, VM Racks

Five “Security Culture” Markers:

    • Cybersecurity is a top-down, strategic part of the company’s vision
      Security is linked to business goals and relevant to board-level decisions
    • You’ve determined a “data blueprint” of how data is used
      Your team understands the context in which the data is created and used, and how it is subject to regulation.
    • Annual risk assessments are being conducted
      All risk areas, including staff, practices, and technology, are evaluated regularly.
    • Security skills and governance tools are becoming integrated into daily activities
      You’re enabling the latest protocols and encryption ciphers for data protection, using…
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