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In February 2018, the United States Department of Energy established the new Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response (CESER), focused on cybersecurity, energy security and emergency response with $96 million in government funding – and not a moment too soon. One month later, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security issued an alert alleging that Russian hackers mounted a methodical, long-term campaign to infiltrate and surveil critical US energy and utility infrastructure.

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With 281 billion emails sent every day, email remains the primary communications platform for business organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to growing SMBs – and second place is not even close. Due to this overwhelming reliance on email, it should come as no surprise that these digital correspondences have also become a top target for hackers.In fact, 91 percent of all cyberattacks and 98 percent of social engineering campaigns begin with email phishing scams.While most organizations are aware of today’s phishing threats, and some have deployed various email security and phishing mitigation software to protect theirSEE DETAILS
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Today’s businesses face unprecedented risks. As mass interconnectivity replaces operational silos, every aspect of business, from transportation and the supply chain to email, data storage, facilities management and financial transactions, are all vulnerable to compromise, disruption and human error. In addition to the people, processes and technology that are at risk in a crisis, so too are the communications mediums most commonly used for incident notification and response.At the forefront of defining their organization’s risk management strategies, risk managers, board members, chief security officers and chief information security officers allSEE DETAILS
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Can Secure Messaging Protect Against the Most Common Attack Vector?In recent years, the alarming uptick in the frequency and sophistication of cyberattacks targeting critical infrastructure systems has put a spotlight on the emerging vulnerabilities of once disparate, now digitally connected, networks and systems. For the energy and utilities industry specifically, the decade-old quagmire that is information technology (IT) and operation technology (OT) convergence has revealed weaknesses in proactive cybersecurity, incident response and business continuity across both facilities and operations.While the nefarious online activities of nation states and cyber terrorists, alongSEE DETAILS
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Enterprise

In the age of technology where screen shots and forwarding of information is done with a click – our over social economy can and will share almost anything. The question is -How can an organization control the narrative of their own business, stay in control of it and avoid a PR or financial nightmare

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Facebook has been in the news lately, causing its stock value to fluctuate since the 3/16 announcement that it was suspending Cambridge Analytica because of unauthorized access and use of Facebook’s user data. Due to this revelation, the CEO of the company, Mark Zuckerberg, spent two grueling days testifying before Congress to defend his company’s processes, technology and actions. When he was asked, “would you be comfortable sharing the name of your hotel?” he said “no” – ironic given that Facebook tracks its users’ locations. One of the many events that prompted the testimonySEE DETAILS
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For the second consecutive year, the leading provider of secure, ephemeral and compliant messaging earns top honors during RSA Conference 2018CHICAGO (PRWEB) APRIL 25, 2018Vaporstream, the leading provider of secure, ephemeral and compliant messaging, today announced that it has won Cyber Defense Magazine’s 2018 InfoSec Award in the category of “Cutting Edge” messaging security solution. This is the second consecutive win for Vaporstream in the Awards’ messaging security category, which are voted on by the industry's leading electronic information security publication and presented annually at the RSA Conference.“Ensuring secure, private and compliant communicationsSEE DETAILS
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The media seems to have it out for secure messaging thanks to Uber vs. Waymo and other examples of misuse, but enterprise-grade secure messaging's compliance, privacy, security and incident response benefits cannot be ignored. As an explosive legal case between Uber and Google's former self-driving car project, Waymo, began to make numerous media headlines in late 2017, an unsuspecting technology found itself in the crosshairs of the dispute. While one might suspect that it was autonomous vehicle technology or a top-secret robotics program at the center of debate, it was actuallySEE DETAILS
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Leading provider of secure, ephemeral and compliant messaging debuts automated notifications to streamline secure incident response and crisis managementLAS VEGAS (PRWEB) APRIL 12, 2018Vaporstream, the leading provider of secure, ephemeral and compliant messaging, today announced the addition of automated, mass emergency notifications and crisis response workflows to its award-winning messaging solution. These platform additions will benefit organizations within the energy, healthcare, enterprise, government, education and financial services industries, which all require failsafe incident notifications, disaster recovery strategies and business continuity plans.The Vaporstream Secure Messaging Platform’s new automation capabilities for incident notificationSEE DETAILS
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Find out the best way to keep smartphones and tablets safe from hackers and the dangers of public wi-fi and USB ports.Mobile devices are among the most vulnerable tech items we own, because they're easily exploited and can be quickly compromised by hackers.It's essential for a company to have a solid security policy in place for mobile devices, be they bring-your-own-device (BYOD) or company-provided. Allowing employees the option to buy their own devices can save a company money, and employees can benefit from the familiarity of using their own smartphoneSEE DETAILS
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Many organisations rely on secure messaging for protection from cyber attacks and other threats online.Secure messaging has been in the news lately for all of the wrong reasons, thanks in large part to Waymo, an autonomous car development company spun out of Google. Late in 2017, Waymo shined a spotlight on the secure messaging industry when it publicly accused former employees, now working for Uber, of inappropriately using Wickr and other ephemeral messaging apps due to their support for disappearing text messages.   The plaintiff’s argument was that messaging apps wereSEE DETAILS
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Healthcare

Chronic and more complex care needs are on the rise and healthcare staff do not have time to individually text patients with multiple reminders about medication adherence or appointments. Read on to find out how healthcare providers can give excellent care while reducing lost revenue and readmissions.

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Healthix and InterSystems push clinical alerts, Versus finds a real-time locating system badge, and Vaporstream debuts automated workflows within its clinical communications system.Healthix, a New York health information exchange, has launched at HIMSS18 a program built upon vendor InterSystems’ HealthShare platform that nearly doubles the number of alerts that clinicians can receive about the care status of their patients.During the past year, Healthix has generated more than 7.3 million alerts for more than 180 organizations and 16 million-plus patients in its system, the HIE said. However, nearly 6.5 million alertsSEE DETAILS
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Leading provider of secure, ephemeral and compliant messaging debuts automated workflows to streamline routine patient communications and reminders at HIMSS18HIMSS, Las Vegas, NV (March 5, 2018)Vaporstream, the leading provider of secure, ephemeral and compliant messaging, today announced the addition of automated healthcare workflows to its award-winning communications solution, empowering providers with the industry’s first HIPAA-compliant secure messaging platform with automated patient care communications. The Vaporstream platform automates routine communications such as the appointment reminder process for clinical care teams, as well as secure communications like pre- and post-surgical engagement, educational and motivationalSEE DETAILS
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BARCELONA — Does buying a smartphone from certain Chinese brands expose you to spying?Ordinarily you’d judge the Mate 10 Pro from China's Huawei on its its lovely 6-inch OLED display and exceptional battery life. But there’s a bigger issue beyond the specs of the flagship handset from the No. 3 phone maker in the world, which has been banking on the $799.99 smartphone to challenge Samsung Galaxy and iPhone in North America.Lawmakers in the United States have placed Huawei and another Chinese manufacturer, ZTE, in the crosshairs over their reputed ties to the Chinese intelligence and militarySEE DETAILS
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Encrypted communication has entered the mainstream, with consumer apps like iMessage and WhatsApp offering encryption by default. Even Facebook Messenger offers end-to-end encryption if you’re willing to dig through its menus.But encryption is just a small piece of keeping messages safe. It protects correspondence from would-be digital eavesdroppers, but it won’t do much good if a device is lost or stolen. And encrypted messaging won’t shield data from deliberate leaks by employees.Vaporstream lets companies protect their data with ephemeral messaging. Think Snapchat, but for corporate communications. But since companies are required bySEE DETAILS
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To mitigate cyber threats and the many dangers of email phishing, many power and utilities companies have begun to adopt secure messaging platforms, writes Vaporstream CEO Galina Datskovsky.The following is a Viewpoint by Galina Datskovsky, CEO of secure messaging company Vaporstream.In October 2017, the cybersecurity firm FireEye issued an alarming report accusing North Korean state-sponsored-hackers of targeting the control systems of U.S. electric power companies. While both the purpose and timing of each attempted breach is unclear, FireEye has proven that the nation-state threat actors exploited email as the attack vector, constructingSEE DETAILS
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Because of the nature of attention required for patients receiving long-term intravenous care, patients are increasingly preferring to have treatment administered away from the hospital setting, typically at home or at alternative sites. The home infusion therapy market is expected to reach $28.3 billion by 2024, according to a May 2017 report by Grand View Research, Inc. The shift away from hospital settings has increased the care team members needed to coordinate infusion therapy. What used to be a physician, nurse, and patient team has now expanded to include specialtySEE DETAILS
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Amidst the rapid escalation of physical and cyber risks to highly regulated critical infrastructure sectors, Vaporstream adds subject matter expert to help meet demand for company’s secure and compliant communications solutionsJanuary 22, 2018 (Chicago) -Vaporstream, a leading provider of secure, ephemeral and compliant messaging, today announced that Joseph Yoklavich has joined the company as a subject matter industry expert for energy and utilities. In this new role created to help meet growing demand, Yoklavich will build and oversee strategy and sales initiatives for the company’s secure messaging and incident responseSEE DETAILS
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Incident Response

Situations like acts of nature, data breaches, or other unforeseen events, require planned responses in case they happen. Different situations may require a different chain of events to occur, but there is one thing that all incident response plans have in common: the need for ongoing communication throughout the course of the event.

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Healthcare

In today’s digital age, patients and their families want to have greater engagement with their care providers in a way that better closes the communication gap. When individuals are dealing with health care needs that are communicated through various channels, there are often large gaps between healthcare professionals, patients and their families. A gap in communication can not only harm the health and care services of the patient, but can also result in stress and frustration for their family and care providers.

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Healthcare

If you are a healthcare provider or supplier that engages with Medicare and Medicaid programs, it’s urgent that you understand and comply with new Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) healthcare emergency preparedness regulations (“EP Regulations”) to protect your access to Medicare and Medicaid programs. Under the new rules issued by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services providers must comply by November 15, 2017. That is this calendar year folks.  Are you ready?

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Financial Services

In March 2017 the nation’s first cybersecurity regulation became law imposing strict cybersecurity measures on financial institutions operating in New York. The new rules specify everything from naming a Chief Information Security Officer, to risk assessments, event notification, encryption, penetration and vulnerability testing, training and monitoring and audit logs.

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Cyber Security

The biggest cyberattack in history has been spreading the globe since last Friday. Spanning across 150 countries, the 300,000 victims have included government agencies, hospitals, manufacturers and universities. When ransomware attack affects your organization how can you keep a secure line of communicaiton with your team? Read on to learn why ephemeral messaging should be a part of your incident response plan.

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Healthcare

Unlike healthcare providers, family members are not subject to the privacy and security mandates in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). However, there is a huge market for medical information, drug prescriptions, social security numbers and credit card numbers on the dark web. Cybercriminals are mastering how to invade devices to steal this exact type of information we bandy about in our family beehives during a health crisis.

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Healthcare

Communication and effective collaboration within the healthcare industry is not always as easy as it should be. Care teams – from doctors and nurses to the patients and their caregivers – need the ability to communicate efficiently, effectively, privately and securely to ensure the highest level of service. Unfortunately, this is an ongoing challenge, particularly when it comes to long term and home based healthcare.

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Healthcare

In its latest update, The Joint Commission banned the use of secure text messaging for patient care orders due to concerns over privacy and security. The decision was a curious one, since it came just a few months after announcing an end to the very same ban. Though its concerns are certainly warranted, as healthcare is the most targeted sector for cyber-attacks, The Joint Commission’s latest assertions against secure text orders are, quick frankly, unsubstantiated. In fact, modern secure messaging platforms not only address the issues raised by The Joint Commission, but can also serve to improve a hospital’s security, efficiency and compliance.

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Cyber Security

There is only one thing certain in today’s world, and that’s uncertainty. It was certainly driven home by the election results, where everyone was certain of the outcome, until they were not. It is disconcerting to live in this environment. From random terrorist attacks to unprecedented economic and geopolitical events, we need to almost block out the news cycle. In order to survive in this environment, it is important to make a list of things that are in your control and those that are not.

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Enterprise

On December 10, 2016, Two articles in the business section of the Wall Street Journal caught my eye. The first article concerned well known Facebook in an article named “Facebook Investors Press Suit On Shares”. It is of particular interest, in that it suggests that “Facebook Inc’s move to change its capital structure was tainted by secret text messages and meddling from financial advisers that pointed to a process rife with conflict of interest…”.

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Consumer

In Chicago, the leaves have all fallen, the air is getting colder and glittery Holiday displays have begun to surround us. Fortunately, it is also the time of year when we can slow down and sit with our loved ones to give thanks for all that has brought us good fortune this year.

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