HIPAA Compliance? No problem!

HIPAA, otherwise known as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, is the standard to which patient data is kept protected. If you are an organization that deals with protected health data then it may require for physical, network and process security measures to be established.

Covered entities and business associates, which consist of health plans, health care clearinghouses and health care providers who transmit health data, require to ensure all data is kept confidential. Protected health information that includes names, addresses, phone numbers, medical records should follow HIPAA compliance.

In order to be HIPAA Compliant an organization must address the following components: Self-Audits, Security Risk Assessments, Remediation Plans, Policies, Procedures, Employee Training, Documententation, Technical Safeguards, Physical Safeguards, and Adminstrative Safeguards.

Is your organization HIPAA Compliant? At Kitsap Networking Services we offer HIPAA compliance services that are suitable to your organizations needs. Contact us at (360)-516-6741 for detailed information on how you can setup your organization to be HIPAA Compliant.

Password Storage? Keep your Credentials Safe!

Are you someone who places sticky notes as a reminder of your login information? Doing so can be a huge security breach. In this guide we will explore the different options to password storage and how you can effectively manage your device’s private information.

Write down your passwords and store in a private location: The simplest method is to write down your password in a notebook and store it in a confidential location that cannot be accessed by the public. Safe storage for passwords can include a safe, and lockable file cabinets.

Use a password manager: A password manager offers the flexibility to store your credentials across a wide variety of devices with ease. With so many passwords to remember, a password manager offers the simplicity of storing multiple passwords in a single location.

Leave it with your IT department: Passwords are integral to your IT department. Most IT departments use software to store private or important password information. Such software use encryption to ensure that the data stored is secured and out of reach from hackers. Leaving your password with your IT department is a great way to ensure your password is in safe hands.

Contact Kitsap Networking Services at (360)-516-6741 for more information on our password storage services and how we can integrate password storage to your organization.

Traveling for Work? Setup a VPN for Remote-Access!

Are you working from home but need access to your company files located on a network? A remote-access VPN connection allows a user to connect with a remote computer network. This allows a user to securely access the network from a separate computer without having to be at the location. The VPN, otherwise known as a virtual private server, extends the private network across a public network and enables a user to transfer data throughout the network as if they were directory connected to that network. Worried about security? A VPN tunnel ensures that the transfer of data is encrypted. Therefore any applications running in the VPN network are properly secured within a private network.

Some examples of uses for a VPN include:
Accessing a business/home network while traveling: A VPN allows a user to access a network from a public network onto a private network. In the case you are traveling and need access to important data located on your office computer, a remote-access VPN can allow you to log in to your office network and access your device.

Hiding your activity from your local network or ISP: A VPN acts as a proxy that can cover your internet footsteps. The way it does this is by redirecting your internet traffic, hiding your computer when it is making contact with a webstie.

Transfering files onto a network: On the road and need to transfer files from your laptop onto a network? A VPN connection allows you to connect to your office network to access files or transfer data.

Interested in setting up a VPN at your home or business? Contact Kitsap Networking at (360)-516-6741 for more information.