Cybersecurity for healthcare practices

Cybersecurity is the art of protecting networks, devices and data and the practice of ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information.

Like vaccines, an ounce of prevention is worth pounds of cure. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has put together the following framework to help organizations such as yours reduce, manage, and respond to cyber events.

  1. Identify – risks to systems, assets, data and services
  2. Protect – implement safeguards
  3. Detect - quickly identify a cybersecurity event
  4. Respond – take action to limit the impact
  5. Recover – undo the damage and restore services, communicate to clients

We know building out a security framework is time consuming and at times overwhelming. We have partners and solutions!! Please reach out if you would like more information – we will respond promptly.

Simple steps you can take today!!

  • Implement healthy password practices:
    • use passphrases instead of passwords
    • do not reuse passwords
    • do not share passwords
  • Use Multi-Factor Authentication to make accounts more secure as it requires users to enter a second id or token
  • Promptly install security patches for business and clinical IT systems, keep track of your inventory
  • Have a plan to quickly responds to cyber incidents – this is a part of your HIPAA requirements
  • Beware of phishing attempts using email, text or phone calls enticing users to divulge usernames, passwords or open attachments with destructive software hidden in it.
  • Educate staff on simple practices like:
    • not opening email or text message links from unknown sources
    • running an antivirus scan on files before opening
    • looking at a link to see if it goes to the site it claims to be going to

Some of the solutions available through our partners:

  • 24x7 monitoring and remediation of cyber threats.
  • Compliance help with HIPPA, GDPR, PCI
  • Training for staff
  • Vulnerability assessment and resolution

Links to additional tips:

Source: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

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