Blockchain Technology Overview

When and if to use blockchain Aiming to clarify blockchain, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released an introduction to blockchain, which underpins Bitcoin and other digital currencies.   Cryptocurrencies and the underlying blockchain technology that enables them are now a common topic of conversation. Much of the attention stems either from the … Continue reading Blockchain Technology Overview

Cybersecurity Strengthened with Executive Order

STRENGTHENING THE CYBERSECURITY OF FEDERAL NETWORKS AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE President Donald Trump on May 11, 2017 signed an executive order (EO) on cybersecurity that requires agency heads to enhance the security of their networks, systems, and data, as well as requires their adoption of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) cybersecurity risk framework … Continue reading Cybersecurity Strengthened with Executive Order

New NIST Guide Helps Small Businesses Improve Cybersecurity

NIST provides guidance to help small businesses secure their data and information in the new publication, Small Business Information Security: The Fundamentals. Small-business owners may think that they are too small to be victims of cyber hackers, but Pat Toth knows otherwise. Toth leads outreach efforts to small businesses on cybersecurity at the National Institute … Continue reading New NIST Guide Helps Small Businesses Improve Cybersecurity

FTC takes on toothless encryption claims for dental practice software

On January 5, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a data security proposed settlement.  When a company promises to encrypt dentists’ patient data, but fails to live up to established standards, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the FTC would bristle. A $250,000 proposed settlement with Henry Schein Practice Solutions, Inc.. Schein sells … Continue reading FTC takes on toothless encryption claims for dental practice software