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Join Drex in this insightful episode of the Two and a Half Minute Drill, where we delve into the complexities of third-party risks in the cybersecurity realm, spotlighted at the latest 229 CISO Summit. Learn why cybercriminals target third-party apps to access a wealth of data from thousands of healthcare organizations and the challenge this presents. Plus, we’re on the brink of the first HIPAA security audits since 2017 — are you ready? Drex also offers a vital reminder on the importance of accurate HIPAA spelling and its impact on professional communication. This episode is packed with must-know information for navigating the cybersecurity landscape, especially within the healthcare sector.

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  Hey everyone, I'm Drex and this is the two and a half minute drill. We do at least three security stories at least two times a week, all part of one great community, the 229 cyber and RISC community. Here's some stuff you might want to know about. Let's start with a story on third party RISC. At the recent 229 CISO Summit in Del Mar, that was one of the hottest topics.

Cyberthugs have figured out that it's way more efficient to break one third party app or company and get access to data from 3, 000 healthcare organizations. It's way easier to do that than to try to dunk on 3, 000 individual healthcare organizations. And on top of that, We use more third party apps and services than ever before.

And those third party business associates have their own third party partners, which makes finding an easy button to this problem nearly impossible. But CISOs, keep working on it. Because, as one of my friends from Texas says about tough situations, keep looking, there's gotta be a pony in there somewhere.

We haven't seen a HIPAA security audit from HHS since 2017, but this week Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights said they're coming back later this year, so be prepared. By the way, HIPAA is spelled with one P and two A's. If you spell it wrong, healthcare execs immediately send your email to the trash, and they often compound that by clicking the block this sender forever button.

So, you really should know more about HIPAA, and that applies to everyone. It's important, and there's a great refresher story on ThisWeekHealth. com slash news. That's where I drop all these stories with all the detail and a bunch of other great cyber stories, too. It's just a ton of stuff. I can't cover it all here in just the two and a half minute drill.

So, again, check it out at thisweekhealth. com slash news. Want to know more about what I'm working on? And I'm also curious, are you going to Vive? I'd love to catch up in person. Drop me a note at drex at thisweekhealth. com and check out the new 229 Cyber and Risk Community. at thisweekhealth. com slash security.

Please like and share this post. Tag your fellow anti cyber thug friends who need to pay more attention to security. All those folks you think probably should be tuning in and becoming regulars. I try to make this a mostly English, mostly non technical update. That means it's okay to share with everyone in your organization.

So listen and read the stories. and learn and share and teach and stay a little paranoid. I'll see you around campus.

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