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Iowa hospital possibly committed HIPAA violation with unencrypted devices

While proper security measures are crucial for businesses across all industries, the healthcare sector needs to be especially vigilant in keeping patient data safe. Even if a device goes missing and is later returned, the amount of time that it was no longer in the possession of a company, a breach has occurred.With that in mind, companies are well-advised to ensure that they have a comprehensive technology insurance policy in place. That way, should any security threats occur, the organization has the necessary means to make a quick and ...

Changing technology requires businesses to keep themselves up-to-date

With technology evolving at an ever-increasing pace, it's important for companies in all industries to not only keep up with new initiatives, but take care in keeping themselves protected for numerous situations. For example, with more businesses relying on computer systems - and cloud computing - there is a larger risk for data breaches. Without a comprehensive technology insurance policy, firms could pay the price if cyber criminals break through their system.The annual State of the Net technology policy conference discussed this issue, and how it's important for company ...

States strive for more detailed workers' compensation laws

Ideally, employees would never become sick or injure themselves while working. However, the unexpected can happen, and as such, it's crucial for businesses to have a comprehensive workers' compensation policy in place. Additionally, remaining up-to-date on any legal changes can keep companies protected for numerous situations.According to The Associated Press, Connecticut officials are pushing for new workers' compensation definitions, to offer better compensation for emergency responders. After the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, the state's Labor Committee plans to introduce the new legislation. "We've certainly come a ...

Businesses have two weeks left to apply for Sandy Disaster Loans

New Jersey residents who were affected by Hurricane Sandy have until January 30 to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA). It is also the deadline for individuals to register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).Those who apply by January 30 could avoid a possible shortfall in rebuilding money should they find out later that the insurance policy does not cover all damages. When it comes to businesses and non-profit organizations, the SBA may loan up to $2 million to repair or replace ...

Utah Department of Health faces second data breach in one year

Data and security breaches can be detrimental to many businesses. Not only is the company at risk to lose customers, any organization that exposes sensitive information could face heavy fines for not taking proper precautions.Even if a stolen or lost device is not used for criminal purposes, a business experiences a breach in security the moment an item is no longer in its possession. While no company owner can predict when something like this might happen, ensuring that a comprehensive technology insurance policy is in place will be beneficial.For the second time ...

Vermont fish hatchery finishing up final repairs after Tropical Storm Irene

When Tropical Storm Irene slammed the East Coast in August 2011, many businesses were brought face-to-face with Mother Nature's wrath. For the national fish hatchery in Bethel, Vermont, the road to recovery has been a long one and the journey is just now finally ending.According to the Associated Press, the White River overflowed from excessive rains during Irene. Communities and major roadways were flooded. The fish hatchery had extreme damages, with floodwaters sweeping into some of the hatchery's outdoor holding tanks. Thousands of hatchery-raised Atlantic salmon and other fish ...

Mandalay Bay undergoing first major renovations in 14 years

Las Vegas is well-known for its extravagant entertainment options. However, MGM Resorts International decided to undergo a massive renovation of it's 3,000-room resort in Mandalay Bay. This is the first makeover since 1999 and is set to be completed by summer of this year. Mandalay Bay President Chuck Bowling recently spoke with Vegas Inc. to discuss the changes happening to his hotels and venues and why they're going to continue to keep the businesses competitive.According to Bowling, the ambitious project started as wanting to redefine the resort experience. He said ...

Minnesota DNR employee accessed private records, 5,000 individuals notified

Minnesota is the latest state to suffer from a massive security breach. However, instead of an outsider hacking sensitive data, a company employee allegedly accessed the information of 5,000 individuals.According to the Associated Press, the Department of Natural Resources had a data breach when an employee retrieved driving and motor vehicle records. Journalists, attorneys, government employees and possibly state legislatures are all on the list of individuals who had their information read.DNR spokesman Chris Niskane told Minnesota Public Radio that the employee allegedly involved no longer works for the ...

Dunkin' Donuts set to infiltrate the West Coast

Dunkin' Donuts, the popular alternative to Starbucks, is making a move to the West Coast. On Wednesday, the Canton, Massachusetts-based company announced that it had plans to return to the Southern California market by opening 150 stores in two years. Eventually, the goal is to have 1,000 locations statewide.The Los Angeles Times reported that while analysts believe there are many obstacles for the coffee company to overcome, it could easily establish itself in the Golden State, as it has elsewhere in the nation.The news source added that Dunkin' Donuts ...

East Coast animal shelters still recovering from Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc along the Eastern Seaboard months ago, but many residents and local businesses are still feeling the pain of rebuilding and recovery. Natural disasters are not only unpredictable, but they can be extremely expensive when it comes to repairing sustained damages. New Jersey and New York residents are still recovering from the superstorm. According to the Associated Press, Toms River - a New Jersey town - had just 60 of 2,600 homes escape damage. Many people are still unable to return to their houses. The case is ...

 

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