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Compliant is NOT Always Secure

 

We are PCI Certified!  How did we get hacked?!?!?
We have a 1 on our FFIEC exam and still had this data breach?
There were no exceptions on their SOC report, but our vendor still had a compromise?
 
At Vala Secure, we have heard these comments and questions time and time again.  You have definitely heard them in the news.  Entities from big

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Heartbeat does Habitat for Humanity

The decision to start working for Garland Heart was a no brainer for me.  I was asked to join our HeartBeat Committee which portrays some of the things in my personal life I am passionate about; volunteering and serving the community. Knowing that Garland Heart has a committee that focuses on just that brought a smile to my face. Not only have I

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Proactive Compliance

We understand the budget restraints and "rabbit hole" you can get yourself into regarding compliance and security. How much do I do before the cost outweighs the benefit?

Oftentimes while onsite with our clients we find ourselves discussing the balance between regulations or minimum standards compared to industry best practices or trends. They

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A GH Story: Vickery Trading Company

This year I set a goal for myself to become a better storyteller. I feel that even though we’ve worked really hard to focus on what our ‘why’ is as a company I haven’t done a good enough job on sharing that message with our ever growing audience. As the one with the name on the banner, it’s my job to continuously communicate and inspire those

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Life @ Garland Heart

We are excited to kickoff a series of videos that will give our audience insight to what life looks like at Garland Heart.  We want to share things such as:

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Cyber Security: Not Just For Financial Institutions

For many years, financial institutions have understood the importance of having a strong cyber security strategy. As they handle valuable financial information and other sensitive data, these institutions have long been very attractive targets for hackers. As a result, they know they have to work hard to keep their customers’ accounts and data

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What Does an IT Audit for a Healthcare Organization Look Like? 

As a healthcare provider, it’s essential that your information security is top notch. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires all organizations in the healthcare industry to take steps to keep their patient data safe. Are you doing enough to prevent a breach?

If you have any doubts about the security of your IT

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How Breach Assessment Services Help Financial Institutions

How likely is it that your financial institution will experience a data breach in the near future? Can you even be certain that you haven’t already experienced a data breach? Most importantly, do you know how you would respond if you discovered that a breach had occurred? A breach assessment can help you answer these questions. What you discover

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ADA Website Compliance

As many of you have seen there are numerous companies, including community banks, receiving demand letters claiming the company's website is violating ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance. We wanted to help simplify it and give folks a plan of action. 
 
ADA Compliance for websites helps the visually impaired "read" your website

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Common Misconceptions About SOC Reporting

Service organization reports (SOC) are vital to businesses. These internal reports let organizations know about the risks associated with outsourced services. They help to establish regulatory compliance and are an extremely important part of any cybersecurity audit. Organizations use SOC reporting to reveal vulnerabilities in their current

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