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#EngineersUnplugged S4|Ep5: Secure the Infrastructure!

November 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm PST

We all know we need it, but no one wants to talk about. Today, we break through that taboo. Secure the Infrastructure! This bold declaration brought to you courtesy of Matthew Brender (@mjbrender) and Mike Foley (@mikefoley) as they talk about how to use a hardening guide, and how to execute security in the real world. This is a great discussion about people, policy, and how not to be “the person who puts ‘no’ in innovation.”

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And it wouldn’t be Engineers Unplugged without a unicorn, in this case a security unicorn. Please do not try this at home.

Matthew Brender and Mike Foley with a secure unicorn, complete with ninja star and high kicks. We all feel more secure now.

Matthew Brender and Mike Foley with a secure unicorn, complete with ninja star and high kicks. We all feel more secure now.

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The Venue That Stole the Show

In today’s world of the Internet of Everything (IoE), we are changing the expectations of customer experiences. Through wearable technology, wireless location-based services and even video analytics, companies can customize every interaction with the information provided to the customer.

We aren’t just talking about tangible products. Think about a concert venue where thousands of people come together for their favorite music artist. Read More »

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9 of 9 HIPAA Network Considerations

The HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule is now in effect and audits will continue in 2014. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights has stated several times that both Covered Entities and Business Associates will be audited.  And the scope of Business Associates has greatly expanded.  I wrote another blog directed towards these new Business Associates.  This final blog of this series focuses on covered entities that work with business associates.

  1. HIPAA Audits will continue
  2. The HIPAA Audit Protocol and NIST 800-66 are your best preparation
  3. Knowledge is a powerful weapon―know where your PHI is
  4. Ignorance is not bliss
  5. Risk Assessment drives your baseline
  6. Risk Management is continuous
  7. Security best practices are essential
  8. Breach discovery times: know your discovery tolerance
  9. Your business associate(s)must be tracked

The HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule changed the Business Associate definition, and also makes Business Associates obligated to comply with HIPAA.  You most likely will have more business associates than previously, and those business associates that have access to your network and/or your PHI data are obligated to be HIPAA compliant.    The Ponemon Institute’s Third Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security (December 2012), reveals that 42% of the breaches involved a third party “snafu”.

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Cisco IT – Why So Many CUCM Clusters?

Last week, we looked at the question “How close to the phones does the CUCM cluster have to be?” There was no easy or set answer to this question, but we acknowledged right at the start that minimizing the number of clusters is probably a good idea. So why, then, does Cisco IT have so many clusters?

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Christmas Packets: Web Browsing and the Festive Period

The web browsing behaviour of users changes as the end of the year approaches. The holiday season can provide a large distraction from work duties that may need to be managed. Equally, even during periods when the office is closed, there will be some individuals who cannot resist accessing work systems. Managing these changes in behaviour is difficult for network administrators unless they know what to expect.
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