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6 Tips to Improve Your Medical Practice’s Cybersecurity

by CompuTech City Admin Monday, 20 August 2018 CompuTech City Blog

Medical Practice’s Cybersecurity As one medical clinic recently learned, you don’t have to be as big as LabCorp to be targeted by hackers. They, like LabCorp, were hit by ransomware attacks that compromised protected data. While the clinic only lost access to about 45,000 records, LabCorp lost control of millions. That’s why it’s key that your medical practice employ effective cybersecurity solutions.

The best security solutions take a layered approach. Practices need more than just anti-virus to protect them from healthcare security breaches. They need anti-virus, firewalls, advanced endpoint protection and more to defeat today’s cyberthreats.

Here are some tips you can use to begin building layered cybersecurity solutions. These will help improve your medical practice’s cybersecurity and aid in preventing security breaches.

1. Train employees in cybersecurity awareness. The most important step to take in protecting your practice’s data is training your employees so they know how to identify and avoid threats, and, if infected, how to respond. At the end of the day, your employees are your first and last defense. A well-trained, security-conscious user can prevent the introduction of most threats onto your network.

2. Create a password management policy. Such policies should govern the history, age, complexity and how often passwords must be updated. Users should be required to change their password every 60 days. Their passwords should also be sufficiently complex as to not be easily figured out.

3. Implement proper auditing of systems. Use auditing solutions that can track and alert you to unexpected log-ins, attached peripherals (USBs), employee downloads and other system changes that could indicate a threat to your practice’s data.

4. Develop access control policies. Users should only be able to access the information they need. Access controls should always be set with the least permissions possible to allow your employee to do his or her job – a “need-to-know” basis. Access control policies also extend to the physical. You must ensure only authorized employees are able to physically access and change your most important systems, such as servers.

5. Patch and update all devices. All workstations, servers and other IT-related systems must be patched and updated on a regular basis. Software developers are constantly releasing updates to patch security holes. While often overlooked, those updates must be applied regularly to protect your practice’s data.

6. Properly configure your firewall. A firewall that prevents users from accessing sites unrelated to their work can significantly decrease the threat of malware-laden downloads. The expertise of a managed services provider can help in this area and those above.

By completing the above steps, you are beginning to build a layered cybersecurity approach into your practice. There’s more to do. A good IT managed services provider can help your practice identify its needs.

By employing a layered approach to your security and effectively training your employees, you can prevent many of the threats health-care organizations face every day. The safest organization is a security-conscious organization. By building security into your IT infrastructure and instilling awareness in your employees, your practice can avoid the fallout from a successful cyberattack.

Should you need help, CompuTech City, as a 100-percent medically focused IT managed services provider, can help your medical practice prevent health-care data breaches by performing a risk assessment and recommending improvements to your network’s security.

Contact us today to learn how we can help improve your practice’s cybersecurity.

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