Protecting Your Practice: The Never-Ending Battle

Breaches are still occurring at the rate of one per day, sometimes more. Many breaches still go unreported, while others continue on unnoticed.

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Hacking and insider threats are the largest threats to healthcare practices and organizations.

These threats are on the rise in healthcare organizations.

Hacking accounts for over half of healthcare related incidents. However, insider threats account for over a quarter of incidents, and are often overlooked by practices.

The length of time it takes to discover breaches is often unsettling. On average, it takes about 31 days to discover a breach, however it some organizations have not discovered breaches for over two years.

What should you do to prevent hacking and insider threats?

Test the security of your backup servers and devices regularly. This will help to ensure that you are able to function in the event your practice is hacked.

Continue to perform audits and train your staff regularly. This will allow you to prevent insider threats, and notice ongoing insider threats.

It’s also a good idea to have your staff act as the “HIPAA police” at your practice. Train your staff to alert others when their actions are violating regulations.

Patient data is constantly at risk. It is essential that healthcare providers continue to make efforts to protect their practice and their patients.

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