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VGM Technologies is squarely focused on our members' security and technology needs.

Major breaches have affected companies and organizations across all sectors of the U.S. economy from retail to health care, finance and hospitality. VGM Technologies understands the importance of cybersecurity; helping our members achieve a strong security posture is our primary goal. Data security in the health care sector is vital, as well as in all sectors of our business. Our team of IT professionals and our expert partners will provide a wide variety of cybersecurity services, hardware, and software to meet our member's organizational and compliance needs.

Vulnerability Assessment

VGM Advantage has partnered with focused experts in the field of cybersecurity. A "Vulnerability Assessment" is an excellent first step in determining the risks your organization may have. It focuses on your organization's social presence, network security and online presence to identify vulnerabilities and weaknesses that hackers have access to. You can opt for a one-time assessment or quarterly assessments. Vulnerability findings will be presented with recommendations and remediation tasks.

Penetration Testing

IT Security Compliance regulations and guidelines require an organization to conduct independent testing of their Information Security Program. VGM Advantage has partnered with focused experts in the field of cybersecurity. A "Penetration Test" can include both internal and external tests. These tests can help identify unsecured data and additional weaknesses internally and externally. Both tests result in a documented deliverable with information to determine next steps to resolve issues together with our partners.

Website Protection

Health care websites are becoming a prime target for hackers! Hackers will manipulate the content of your site to create fake financial pages to trick those who trust you into clicking malicious links. Additionally, attackers are defacing websites to claim bragging rights and making websites and companies appear unsafe to patients, caregivers, and ultimately referral sources and payers. At VGM Technologies we offer solutions to detect and reduce the likelihood of your website being hacked by using the same tools and tricks a hacker would use to breach your website.

Breach Protection

According to recent studies, 71% of cyberattacks occur at businesses with fewer than 100 employees. According to the "National Cyber Security Alliance," 60% of small businesses closed within six months of a breach. Cyber Insurance is another step for comprehensive cyber protection. Cyber insurance delivers the coverage you need towards remediation costs to minimize impact to your business operations and reputation should a cyberbreach occur. We are committed to helping you find the right cyber coverage to protect your business.

Workforce Security Training

Employees are the weakest link to your data security. Technology and security mechanisms can go only so far. Humans can easily be tricked into clicking on links or opening malicious emails, causing harm to your business. 45-70% of all ransomware attacks on health care organizations have been a result of employees clicking on a link or email that was presented by a hacker. Investing in workforce security training to instruct employees how to effectively deal with common threats from social media or phishing can quantifiably reduce security-related risk. Don't let your business or employees fall to the many tricks of hackers. VGM Advantage can help you reduce the likelihood and business impacts of security infections due to employee behavior. Through our partnerships with VGM Education, VGM Technologies offers access to training courses and materials on cyber security, HIPAA and PCI compliance, and many more.

Incident Response Planning

The best cybersecurity plan is one that includes having an organized approach to addressing and managing the aftermath of a security breach or attack (also known as an incident). The goal is to handle the situation in a way that limits damage and reduces recovery time and costs. VGM Advantage's expert cybersecurity partners can help you develop a specific incident response plan to ensure you are prepared in the event of a breach or malware outbreak.

Risk & Compliance

A big issue for most organizations is, "are we meeting our compliance requirements?" Whether it's PCI compliance or HIPAA compliance, we have expert security partners that specialize in performing risk and compliance assessments. Let us help you evaluate your organization's compliance maturity and identify gaps and develop a clear plan to get you up to the level required by regulatory bodies.

Mobile Solutions

VGM Advantage has several partners for mobile solutions to grow your business. The vast majority of Americans - 95% - now own a cellphone of some kind. More and more businesses are going mobile to increase productivity and work smarter and faster. Let us help you select the best mobile solution for your business, such as a surface laptop, iPad, iPhone, or Android.

  • VGM Advantage members can receive up to a 22% discount on monthly phone service plans and 20% discount on accessories.
  • VGM Advantage members can also receive many discounts from our technology partners for all your mobile solutions.

HIPAA Compliance Software

VGM Advantage's HIPAA compliance software provides a simple, cost-effective solution that meets all aspects of HIPAA compliance required by the government. It's a simple, easily accessible online dashboard technology that consists of:

  • Policies and Procedures with version control and easy-to-accomplish updates
  • Breach and Incident Reporting
  • Awareness Program with quarterly training and management control
  • Automated workforce Security and Privacy Agreement Management and Tracking
  • On-going Security and Risk Assessment
  • Comprehensive HIPAA library linked to policies
  • Automated Business Associate Agreement Management and Tracking
  • PHI Location Management and Inventory Control

In addition, our HIPAA compliance software solution comes with OCR audit reports and support.

Business Operations Software

VGM Advantage and our expert technology and security partners can help you improve business operations by becoming more effective and efficient using Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, antivirus software, endpoint protection software, and much more.

Business Phone

VGM Advantage has partnered with several phone system providers for your business, ranging from traditional land lines and hard phones to fully cloud-hosted VOIP providers and soft phones. Whether you are trying to save money on your existing long distance and phone systems or moving your business into the next generation of cloud technology to grow your business and set you apart from your competition and streamline your employees, we have options for you to save money and optimize your business. Contact us today by clicking on the GET IN TOUCH button below and filing out the form for a no-obligation review of your business phone needs.

Technology Hardware

VGM Advantage has partnered with several technology companies to meet your equipment and hardware needs, from laptops and iPads, to network switches and firewalls to meet your business needs and secure your data. Let our experts help you determine which technology solutions best meet your organization's needs today and into the future.

Home Automation

Smart home automation systems allow your patients to stay in their homes and be independent with activities and can help monitor patient activity and safety. Home automation will control lights, video surveillance, modify the thermostat, lock the doors, arm the security system, and more, all controlled via your smart phone or tablet with one touch, no matter where you are. Let our technical experts assist you with all your home automation needs.

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Our Team

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Carol Albaugh

Carol Albaugh
Technical Solutions Consultant, VGM Group, Inc.

focusing on cybersecurity for the extensive membership organization throughout the 28 business units of VGM. She has 25+ years' experience in a variety of positions related to technology and the health care industry. She has held positions as clinical application software analyst and senior team lead for fortune 500 companies. Carol's extensive background in technology, health care, and security enables her to have a vast understanding of how to protect ePHI from health care data security threats.

Jared Hughes

Jared Hughes
Information Security Analyst, VGM Group Inc.

Jared has 10 years of IT experience, working on a variety of projects from Windows domain administration and web hosting to business acquisitions and systems onboarding. Jared's extensive IT experience and his focus on security for VGM Advantage the last couple of years goes above and beyond. He has great passion for IT security and is a frequent attendee of the national RSA security conferences. You can often find Jared spending his time outside of work in a "capture the flag" event where he and a team of IT professionals run through simulated hacking exercises and challenges. Jared has a wealth of IT and cybersecurity knowledge and is a great asset to our team.

Stacy Palmer

Stacy Palmer
Director of Telecommunications Services

Managing all telecommunications for VGM Group, Inc. since 1999, Stacy has 25 years of telecommunications, sales and customer service experience, and received several customer service awards. Stacy began working for VGM Advantage as a communication consultant, working with members to provide the best communication solutions for their business. She then transitioned to manage the business office and oversee all communication service implementation projects.

Michael Cormaney

Michael Cormaney
Network Team Lead & Network Administrator

Michael has been in the health and banking industries since entering the IT field. Coming from one of the largest managed security service providers in the Midwest, he has had the experience from over 8000 clients planning, designing, and implementing network security solutions as well as core infrastructures. Having spent a number of years as a sales engineer, as well as the implementation engineer, you should find him easy to talk to.

Bryan Tonne
Director of Business Technology, VGM Group Inc.

Focusing on innovation, customer service, network, and systems hardening, Bryan supports 28 divisions within the VGM Group campuses. He is experienced with international network optimization to enhance the end user experience. He has 17 years' experience and is well versed in several different industries such as manufacturing, travel, finance, and health care.

Jeremy Kauten

Jeremy Kauten
Chief Information Officer & Senior Vice President of Information Technology, VGM Group, Inc.

Jeremy has spent his entire career in the cyber world. He currently focuses on protecting computers, networks, programs and data from unauthorized access, change, or destruction in addition to coordinating the optimization of technology throughout the 28 business units of VGM. Jeremy's involvement at VGM started in 1997 where he committed himself to growing VGM Forbin and positioning the organization as a leader in health care, web development and online security.

Let us help you with your Information Technology needs.

Take the first step today and reach out to Carol Albaugh for your cyber security and technology needs.

Carol Albaugh
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