Cyber threats are everywhere in the healthcare world.
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Phishing scams, ransomware, malware and breaches are continuing to run rampant. Protected health information (“PHI”) is valuable on the black market, due to the depth of information.
So how can you protect your practice from hackers and malware?
First, make sure your risk assessment is complete. Not only is it required by HIPAA, but it enables you to seek out vulnerabilities in your practice and to fix any potential issues.
Next, make sure your software is up to date. Update it regularly. Make sure that all of your software and antivirus protections come from a reputable place.
Train your employees and make sure that no employee has more access to any PHI than is necessary. Ensure that passwords and logins are not shared among employees. Make it mandatory to change passwords on a regular basis.
Limit web availability and reduce the number of privileged users.
Finally, make sure that your data is backed up. It should not just be backed up locally, but also offsite, so that if your data is breached, you will still have your records.
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