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Thursday, July 31, 2014

  New Resources
Travel Tips for Data Security
Free Security/Privacy Training Resources
Two-step verification
Combating Malware
Phishing Archive
Cloud Computing and Data Outsourcing
Best Practices for Applications with Confidential University Data
  Security "Greatest Hits"
Managing Passwords
E-mail Harassment & Forgery
Hoaxes, frauds & scams
Wireless Networking
Encryption & digital signatures
  Best Practices
Secure desktop computing
Secure servers
Secure data deletion
Securing printers
Tips for safe computing
Computing policies
  More in-depth information for
Local support providers
System administrators
  Security initiatives
Critical host compliance
Authentication & authorization
Penn Security & Privacy Assessment (SPIA)
Security Liaisons (Restricted Access)
Secure Share
Secure Space
Vulnerability Scanner
  Related links
Electronic privacy
Worms, trojans, backdoors

One Step Ahead: Almanac Security Tips - 2014

In each issue, Penn's Journal of Record, The Almanac publishes helpful tips and hints for dealing with information security and privacy matters. This page is a collection of all those published thus far.
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Table of Contents (view all)

Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability
Security and Privacy Tips for World Travelers
Filing Taxes Online This Year? Take Steps to Protect Your Information!
If your computer runs Windows XP, you must update it now!
Why Should You Report Security Incidents? And How Do You Report One?
Photo and Video Privacy Issues
The Password is Dead, Long Live the Password!
Data Privacy Month: NSA Surveillance Panel at the National Constitution Center
Protecting Your Finances During This Year’s Holiday Shopping Season
Beware of Phishing E-mails in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan
No E-mail from Penn Will Ask For Your Username/Password or SSN
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act: Does It Apply to Your Website?
October: National Cyber Security Awareness Month; Free Secure Disposal of Paper and Electronics
What Basic Rules Protect Student Information at Penn? (September 2013)
Protecting Privacy and Security on Penn + Box

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - Almanac Vol. 60, No. 1

New Regulatory Changes: Do They Apply to Your Area?

Recent regulatory changes require that Penn, even areas that do not provide patient care or health services, assess how patient data is received from and maintained on behalf of health care providers, health insurers, and other health care organizations ("covered entities"). Parties that receive, use and maintain patient information from covered entities are now directly responsible for compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and must sign Business Associate Agreements that set the parameters for how that information will be secured and maintained. This will potentially impact areas of the University that previously had no obligations under HIPAA.

Additionally, as an organization with multiple health-care components, Penn must also ensure that the appropriate Business Associate Agreements are in place with third parties that maintain and/or use our patient information, including cloud providers. Currently, Penn has several relationships with cloud providers, including and Amazon Web Services. Penn is working to secure Business Associate Agreements with these and other cloud vendors, but currently those agreements are not in place. Therefore, cloud services should not be used to store patient information, sometimes referred to as Protected Health Information (PHI), unless and until there is an approved Business Associate Agreement with them.

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Audit, Compliance and Privacy at (215) 573-4492.


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