Posts by Josh Mayfield

Josh Mayfield
Josh is Absolute’s Director of Security Strategy and works with Absolute customers to leverage technology for stronger cybersecurity, continuous compliance, and reduced risk on the attack surface. He has spent years in cybersecurity with a special focus on network security, threat hunting, identity management, and endpoint security. His research has been featured in leading security publications including, SC Magazine, Infosec, and Dark Reading, and he is often cited by business and tech journalists for his analysis of cryptocurrencies, security operations, and attacker psychology.
3 Things Not To Do After a Data Breach
Josh Mayfield
3 Things Not To Do After a Data Breach

As if a data breach isn’t problem enough, mishandling of a security incident makes an already bad situation worse. Just ask Equifax whose executives were charged with insider trading by U.S. officials after the company’s 2018 data breach or Marriott who is now facing multiple class-action lawsuits for, in part, failing to provide an adequate, timely notification. If you’re facing a data breach at your organization, here are three...

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What is HIPAA Compliance and Why is it Important to Healthcare Security?
Josh Mayfield
What is HIPAA Compliance and Why is it Important to Healthcare Security?

If you are involved with the healthcare industry, you’ve probably heard of HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Regulations and best practices surrounding HIPAA can be confusing, but it’s critical that anyone connected to the healthcare industry understand at least the basics. So we’re here to break things down for you. First, and perhaps most important, is to answer one of the most commonly asked questions: What...

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HIPAA Compliance Checklist for 2019
Josh Mayfield
HIPAA Compliance Checklist for 2019

HIPAA was adopted in 1996 and since then, Covered Entities (CEs) have been required to protect individuals’ personal health information or face hefty fines for non-compliance. The U.S. Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces HIPAA; the fines they have issued have grown exponentially in recent years. Anthem, one of the nation’s largest health benefits companies, paid a record $16 million in 2018 for a data...

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3 Lessons Learned from Healthcare Security Breaches
Josh Mayfield
3 Lessons Learned from Healthcare Security Breaches

While official numbers for 2018 haven’t yet been released, we know roughly 7 million healthcare records were involved in data breaches this past year. The reasons are tangled and varied, but we can find common themes that can help us learn how to prevent future data breaches. For starters, the two most common causes for reporting a data breach to the U.S. Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights...

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How to Regain Trust After a Data Breach
Josh Mayfield
How to Regain Trust After a Data Breach

Data breaches come with a hefty price tag – from IT costs to notification expenses, insurance premiums and operational down time, organizations are very often faced with a financial crisis that can take years to overcome. Shaken consumer confidence only amplifies the hurt. When Equifax announced that they had suffered a data breach in 2017 (along with the fact that the personal information of more than 147 million customers...

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