October 16, 2019

Modern Cyber Criminals Are A Real Threat To Your Company’s Onsite Servers

Cyber criminals are a real threat to your company Zephyr Networks wants to be sure that small to mid-sized business owners across Orange California in particular and Southern California as a whole are aware of the criminal dangers that can threaten their company’s servers. Beyond the remote cyber security threats, onsite hacking due to a lack of security in your office server rooms is a danger as well. Still, remote cyber security threats and hacking dangers to your servers remain the number one danger.

The Threat of Cyber Criminals

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The Real Threat of Cyber Criminals

Recent revelations about the hacking forum Darkode proved to be truly frightening. Upon being taken down by the Justice Department, it was discovered that the hackers were making malware to create networks of malware-infected “zombie” computers to perform automated criminal tasks online without the user’s knowledge. The zombie computers could be used to do just about anything within a hacker’s realm of power. Nobody is immune to such 21st century threats. Such dangers exist for your company as well.

A zombie is a computer connected to the Internet that has been compromised by a hacker. Such a computer can be used to perform malicious tasks of one sort or another under remote direction. Potential threats of cyber criminals could greatly undermine your business by compromising your servers are real.

Cyber Criminals – Onsite Threats To Servers

Criminal threats to your company’s servers exist because security in office server rooms is often nonexistent. Beyond remote hacking with zombie computers, if thieves that are hackers with computer capabilities break into your offices in the night or during a holiday, they literally can steal everything. More and more of these cyber criminals exist, particularly within local organized crime gangs and syndicates that see private business information, intellectual property, and computers as the new criminal frontier.

Once experienced cyber criminals are actually in your office and in front of the server hardware, it is so much easier for them to access what they want to steal. By tackling servers head-on, cyber criminals can capture all of your company’s data and information. Imagine a kidnapping of everything on your company’s servers and the compromising of all of your databases. Once the kidnappers are gone, there will be no ransom demands; the data is taken for good.

Advanced Security Of The Irvine Data Center

At the Irvine data center of Zephyr Networks, our security team’s monitoring tools function 24-7. If something happens that is not copasetic, our security team is immediately alerted. The Irvine Data Center has security designed to address HIPAA, SOX, and other compliance challenges where client and company information must be protected. We make sure both cyber criminals and onsite thieves are unable to steal your company’s data and intellectual property.

Zephyr Networks offers local safety for the modern remote world. Our data center team helps your business avoid problems that could undermine your profitability and productivity. You can set-up a free informational tour of the Irvine data center site with Zephyr Networks so you can see our capabilities for yourself. To learn more about the advantages of the Zephyr Networks Irvine Data Center, please contact us today by calling (800) 884-7559.

HIPAA Increases Financial Penalties For Repeat Violations To Address Increasing Healthcare Data Breaches

We at Zephyr Networks like to make sure our clients and potential clients are kept current on the latest HIPAA penalty updates. While the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) initially established a tiered penalty structure for healthcare data breaches, it has not been revised until now. The final HIPAA omnibus rule includes revisions to the penalties applied to each HIPAA violation category for healthcare data breaches. Section 160.404 refers to the amount of civil monetary penalty as administered under the HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act.

New Healthcare Data Breaches Penalty Structure:

Violation Type                                        Each Violation         Repeat Violations/year

Did Not Know                                          $100 – $50,000            $1,500,000

Reasonable Cause                                  $1,000 – $50,000         $1,500,000

Willful Neglect – Corrected                     $10,000 – $50,000       $1,500,000

Willful Neglect – Not Corrected              $50,000                       $1,500,000                          

One-time violations stay under $50k, but repeat violations within the same year can hold a fine of $1.5 million across all HIPAA violation categories, up substantially from the previous $250k minimum. The new penalty structure for healthcare data breaches aligns with recent data from the Ponemon Institute that found recurring healthcare data breaches are increasing among respondents, with 45 percent (up from 29 percent in 2010) reporting more than five incidents in the last two years.

The average economic impact of healthcare data breaches has also increased by $400k to a total of $2.4 million since 2010. In addition to federal fines, investigation, legal, business downtime and decreased credibility all contribute to the economic loss suffered by businesses undergoing such healthcare data breaches. The increase in HIPAA violation fines are a direct response to the epidemic of repeat healthcare data breaches and the rising costs to the healthcare industry.

What is essential to understand is that HIPAA’s standards and monetary penalties now apply to a wide range of healthcare vendors and their subcontractors. Even if you didn’t know you were violating HIPAA, you can still be penalized and charged accordingly. This means that if you support the healthcare industry or deal with patient data in any way, you should be up on the requirements of HIPAA to avoid significant government fees.

Zephyr Networks Helps End Healthcare Data Breaches

If you are worried about potential healthcare data breaches at your company and HIPAA violations, please contact Zephyr Networks today. When it comes to ensuring and maintaining your network security, we are your solution. To learn more about how we can protect your company, call Zephyr toll free at (800) 884-7559 or fill out our handy contact form.