Houston IT Consulting Advisors | Security Information Management | Compliance Professionals
Our Houston IT Consulting Services Firm consists of a wide variety of business and information technology consulting services, IT auditing services, and IT Consulting Services for all Houston based businesses and medical practices. Offering the absolute best in Professional IT Consulting & Information Security Management Services by State Licensed & Board Certified IT Security Consultants. Our office is located in Houston, Texas. We specialize in personable, on-site information technology consulting services, IT and network security services, IT auditing services, data mapping services, as well as general IT consulting and systems integration services for all Houston businesses. Being local matters!! Our data loss prevention, IT risk assessment, IT audit, IT security management, and in-house compliance engineering services offer a one of a kind solution package for any Houston business or medical practice under regulatory compliance restrictions in the State of Texas. Citiscape IT provides IT services including (but not limited to) designing, building and maintaining networks, servers, workstations, software, virtualization, wireless networks, and security services for all Houston based businesses and medical practices.
Our Houston office is auditable by CE's which is a requirement for Medical Practice and Healthcare BA Agreements, as well as other regulated businesses; we meet or exceed most BAA requirements currently used for HIPAA / HITECH, and SOX. Call us for more information and keep updated with changing HIPAA 5010 / HITECH / CMS & HHS initiatives.
Houston Information Security - Beyond The Firewall & Data Loss Prevention
IT audit and data loss prevention is a category of information security services that can detect unauthorized network transfer of valuable digital assets such as credit cards, personally identifiable protected health information (PHI / ePHI), company proprietary assets, personally identifiable consumer information and other protected data federally regulated, as well as regulated by the State of Texas. The majority of hacker attacks and data loss events are not on the IT infrastructure but on the data itself and are usually an inside job. Almost all companies have proprietary information needing protection; when you have other valuable data (credit cards, customer lists, social security numbers, physical addresses of clients, confidential personnel records, ePHI) you must protect it. Transfer of digital assets such as company proprietary business information, trade secrets, credit card information, and PHI by trusted insiders, trusted systems, or trusted third party vendors, can cause much more economic damage than viruses to a business. Once a data breach occurs and a competitor steals your proprietary data, or your company winds up being sued because of leaked PHI or legally protected information, you cannot "reformat the hard drive and restore from backup"; there will most likely be significant economic damage to your business and reputation as well as other possible fines and legal issues to deal with. A firewall is not enough to protect digital assets and illegal activity inside the network. Many firewall implementations are not correctly implemented or monitored after deployment. We help our clients grow through effective technology deployment and management. We design, procure, and implement software and network projects as well as information security services to meet your business and computer systems, network, information security and information technology needs. Basic security is grounded in sound operations. Solid process controls in the business functional areas and in IT operations management can mitigate many of the risk vectors. Process controls can often be implemented at a cost even small and medium sized businesses (SMB's) can afford. Information security should be viewed as a strategic process, but there's no doubt the process is heavily influenced by regulatory compliance issues (including Texas privacy law), all areas of our expertise. For organizations that deal with regulated data in the State of Texas (most businesses fall under this category and not just Healthcare; see our "Did You Know" section below), there has to be a balance of both—security of the data and security of the process.
- Expert Technology Consultation, Network Consulting, General IT Consulting, IT Systems Installation & Services
- Affordable IT Solutions, IT Audit, Analysis and Reporting
- Advanced IT, Network and Business Information Services
- Data Retrieval & Backup Strategies and Remediation
- Defensible eDiscovery, Early Case Assessment, De-duplication, and Data Culling Services (Corporate)
- Defensible Data Retention and Deletion Strategies
- Computer & Network Security Services
- Licensed HIPAA Security Reviews, Analysis & Security
- Firewall & Internet Security Solutions, Monitoring Services and Log Management
- Maintain proper and effective information governance across the enterprise.
- Formal and Informal Information Security Assessments
- Risk and Vulnerability Assessments, Penetration Testing, Analysis and Reporting.
- Mitigate risks and reduce costs associated with unstructured records and to protect sensitive business information.
- Information Mapping, Identify and classify records according to business value, compliance, regulation and information governance policies.
Efficiently and economically obtaining and enforcing your document retention and legal hold policy to mitigate risk, while carefully avoiding spoliation of relevant data, is a delicate balancing act. Strike a balance between managing risk and avoiding spoliation. Call us for details at 281-733-2422.
Did You Know?
According to The Texas Identity Theft Identification Act:
- ALL businesses in the State of Texas MUST protect sensitive information.
- A person who conducts business in Texas or owns/licenses computerized data, including sensitive personal information, must notify affected individuals after a breach of system security.
- This is NOT limited to health information but does apply to CE's under Health & Safety Code
- Complying with HIPAA does not guarantee one has complied with Texas’ privacy laws
- Texas’ privacy law covers more entities.
- Texas’ privacy law protects more information than what is defined as PHI under HIPAA
- Texas has its own training and notice requirements
- Ref: Business and Commerce Code Chapter 521
Twenty-two percent (22%) or more of small businesses have experienced the loss or theft of customer or employee information, according to recent SME studies conducted by the Ponemon Institute.