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Risk Management Framework (RMF): An Overview

The Risk Management Framework (RMF) is a set of criteria that dictate how the United States government IT systems must be architected, secured, and monitored.  Originally developed by the Department...

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Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC): What You Need to Know

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a unified standard for implementing cybersecurity across DoD contractors. It is a new framework for ensuring that the more than 300,000 companies in...

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Is Microsoft Office 365 HIPAA Compliant?

No. That’s the answer in their FAQ. Out-of-the-box Office 365 is not HIPAA compliant, and you need to take the appropriate steps to ensure your organization stays compliant. As the...

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What is HIPAA Compliance? Your 2020 Guide + Checklist

HIPAA fines cost ten companies $28.7 million in 2018, which broke the previous 2016 record for HIPAA fines by 22%! That’s only 10 HIPAA cases resolved out of 25,912 complaints...

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Data Governance Framework Best Practices, Definitions and Examples

It’s 2020, do you know where your data is?  If you answered yes to that rhetorical question, you have a decent grasp of data governance. If not, it’s time to...

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Beyond Privacy and DSARs: Public Data Requests (FOI) Are the Law in 50 States

Happy 2020!  The New Year brings Californians under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). CA consumers can ask state-based companies for all relevant data, and to request that companies delete...

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Complete Guide to Privacy Laws in the US

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the US does indeed have data privacy laws. True, there isn’t a central federal level privacy law, like the EU’s GDPR. There are instead several vertically-focused...

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What the H**L Does Reasonable Data Security Really Mean?

For anyone who’s spent time looking at data security laws and regulations, you can’t help but come across the words “reasonable security”, or its close cousin “appropriate security”.  You can...

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California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Compliance Guide

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is “the first consumer privacy act in the country,” as one California legislator put it.  No other US state has provided its citizens with  GDPR-like...

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California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the Future of Data Security Standards

If you’ve been following the blog, you know that the California Consumer Privacy Act, or CCPA, is set to take effect on January 1, 2020. It will establish a new...

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