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Facebook, Yelp, Grubhub… What Do They All Have in Common and What Can They Teach Healthcare?

2004 marked the beginning of new technologies and companies that
changed the consumer experience as we know it. Companies today must meet the
growing needs of consumers, while safely securing personal data. Let’s take a
look back at some of the companies that were founded in 2004 and see how their
technology has impacted consumerism and security in healthcare.


When Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook in his college dorm room, little did he know he was starting a company that would change the way people

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What Vegas Can Teach Healthcare About Tokenization

Next week, I’ll be heading out to Las Vegas to attend HIMSS18. While packing my bags, I started thinking about all of the giant, glittering casinos that inhabit the Vegas strip. I’m not a gambler, but casinos pique my interest because of the impressive security they maintain 24/7 to protect the billions of dollars that flow in and out of their doors each year. So that got me thinking – what can the healthcare industry learn from casino security?

You’re probably

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New Year’s Resolutions Are Bad for Payment Security

The New Year inspires many of us to make positive changes in our lives. However, it’s unlikely we will all maintain our resolutions throughout 2018. According to U.S. News, approximately 80 percent of resolutions fail by the second week of February. While the New Year symbolizes a fresh start, it is not enough to actually drive people to make major changes in their lives. For many, change is overwhelming. It’s easy to set goals, but it is challenging to stay

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5 Ways to Keep Healthcare Payments Secure All Summer Long

I love summer. The warm weather offers plenty of opportunities to participate in summer activities like grilling, going to the beach and fishing (although, you may remember from a previous blog post that I’m a bigger fan of talking about phishing).

If you’re a summer-loving security expert like me, then you’re always thinking about ways to protect your systems from security threats. Here are five ways to keep payment security cool at your organization all summer long.

Know How to Block Threats

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Ransomware in Healthcare: What You Need to Know

A recent ransomware attack has organizations around the world on edge about the security of their data; here’s why healthcare organizations should pay close attention.

What is ransomware?

Ransomware is a type of malicious cyberattack that has grown in notoriety and frequency in recent years. You might be able to guess the mechanics of a ransomware attack from hearing the name. Like kidnapping, ransomware works by taking something valuable to you—your files—and holds them hostage until you pay a ransom.

Ransomware infiltrates your

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Spring Training Is Over: Is Your Payments Security Roster Set?

Now that spring training is over, your favorite major league teams’ rosters are set and baseball season is in full swing. That means thousands of fans are already flocking to their home team’s stadium to take in America’s past time. Believe it or not, a key component of the baseball experience is payment. From purchasing tickets online, to grabbing snacks at the concession stand and picking up a souvenir at the gift shop, the average baseball fan can encounter multiple

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Winter is…Here – Time to Turn Up the Heat on Payment Security

We’re experiencing some exceptionally cold temperatures across the continental U.S. this January. We’ve definitely bumped the thermometer up a few notches in the Dermer household, and this bitter cold a little more bearable as a result.

This got me thinking: how can you turn up the heat on payment security so that folks at your healthcare organization feel a little more comfortable about the protection of sensitive payment information on your network?

(It’s a logical next question for a Security Officer.)

Let’s think

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6 Security Resolutions Your Organization Can Make for 2017

There are two mindsets a person can have at the end of a year: you can reflect back on the events that have passed, or you can look ahead to a new year and new start. For the InstaMed Security Corner, we’ve done both. If you want to reflect on 2016, check out our Security Year in Review. If you’re eager for a fresh start in 2017, here’s a list of New Year’s resolutions for healthcare payment security.

Lose Weight

Every year,

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Has Your Data Gone Phishin’?

During the summer months, some of my colleagues like to talk about the fishing trips they take every weekend. I don’t know a lot about fishing, but I do know a lot about phishing and spear phishing, so I’ve found a way to contribute to the conversation by interjecting a few jokes that usually do a good job at reeling in the laughs:

What’s a CISO’s least favorite summer activity? Phishing.

What are hackers doing when they target healthcare organizations? Phishing docs.


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Embracing Digital Wallets, Tokenization and Apple Pay

In the first edition of our Security Corner, I explained some key terms and acronyms that frequently appear in discussions about healthcare payment security. I also had the opportunity to elaborate on those explanations at the InstaMed 2016 User Conference earlier this month. But those terms, while important, do not begin to cover the span of the payment security industry. Plus, new terms are popping into our vocabulary on a regular basis, as the payment industry continues to advance and

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