Healthcare spending for patients and providers continues to grow amid inefficiencies in administration, and these numbers are slated to get worse in many countries as the populations continue to age. In the United States, Americans spent the equivalent of 18 percent of GDP on health care.
Contrary to popular belief, your business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) plan is essential to your day-to-day operations. Moving towards any long term goal without a contingency plan for unexpected emergencies is akin to self-destruction, especially if you have discerned that you are unprotected against emergency contingencies. The modern consumer is also much less patient with downtime regardless of excuse. If your most loyal customer sees a 404 screen when he is looking for a solution just once, you may never see that customer again.
Student data security breaches are a significant liability. Schools and parents need to be aware of the laws and the many security threats that can compromise this important personal information. The problem continues to grow as educators and researchers adopt a more data-driven approach to enhancing student outcomes and as more vendors jump into the educational technology (EdTech) space. Consider the following recent breaches:
Email and HIPAA compliance is a complex issue that requires significant IT resources and has ramifications with hefty fines – up to $1.5 million per violation, and jail time for the worst offenders (up to 10 years).
Violations have been on the rise as hackers continue to target healthcare in order to access valuable ePHI (electronic protected health information), or even to get paid using phishing scams and ransomware attacks that make ePHI vulnerable and outside of compliance.