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InstaMed’s Continued Innovation: 3 Highlights from Coalfire White Paper

In 2014, Coalfire Systems Inc. (Coalfire), a respected Payment Card Industry (PCI) Payment Application – Qualified Security Assessor (PA-QSA) company, released a white paper with InstaMed that looked at the current landscape of healthcare security and validated that InstaMed’s healthcare payments solutions were effectively mitigating security risks. Since then, InstaMed has continued to innovate to ensure our solutions are the most secure and compliant choice for healthcare payments. I want to share with you just how far we’ve come since

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Payer Security Focus: PCI DSS

Every month, the Payer Security Focus will break down a different topic in security and compliance with information relevant to payers and actionable steps to help build a more robust security and compliance program at their organizations. This month’s topic is PCI DSS.

What is PCI?
PCI DSS stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards and applies to all entities involved in payment card processing, including merchants, processors, financial institutions and service providers. It also applies to all other entities that

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8 Tips for Dealing With Malware Threats: 30 Years After the Christmas Tree EXEC

This time of year, my wife and I receive many cards and messages from family and friends wishing us happy holidays. These messages bring a lot of joy and remind us how lucky we are to have so many special people in our lives. Most of these messages come in the mail (they’re really the only important pieces of physical mail I receive these days), but some of my friends send their holiday greetings electronically.

Thirty years ago, the general public

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Payer Security Focus: Social Engineering

When you think of a hacker, what comes to mind? Do you picture someone dressed as a burglar sitting at a desktop computer in a dark room? If you do, then it’s time to reconsider that idea. For this month’s security focus, we’re going to talk about social engineering and how it turns the hacker stereotype on its head.

Social engineering is a non-technical method of human intrusion that relies on human interaction and often involves tricking people into divulging confidential

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P2PE and HITRUST: One Year Health Check

If you’re like me, you feel a small sense of accomplishment when you leave your doctor’s office with a clean bill of health after an annual check-up. Did you know that InstaMed has to go through an annual check-up, too? We’re happy to say we recently passed our annual health checks for both our Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) Validated Solution and HITRUST, so you can rest assured that we’re continuing to keep data safe and secure.

Both the Payment Card Industry (PCI)

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Payer Security Focus: Preventing Ransomware in Healthcare

Ransomware is a type of malicious cyberattack that has grown in notoriety and frequency in recent years. Like kidnapping, ransomware works by taking something valuable to an organization – such as data files – and holding it hostage until a ransom is paid.

Ransomware infiltrates an organization’s system by infecting someone’s computer with a virus, which is likely accomplished by tricking that person into clicking a link or downloading a file in a phishing email. These emails are disguised as a

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The Costly Consequence of Short-Changing Security and Compliance

How do you prioritize security at your healthcare organization? A lack of focus on security spending is a challenge in healthcare compared to other industries. According to data from the HIMSS Analytic Healthcare IT Security and Risk Management Study, less than 6% of a healthcare organization’s IT budget is allocated to IT security, which is significantly lower compared to other industries. It’s possible that security has been deprioritized to focus on other efforts that streamline operations or bring in revenue.

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