Last week we detailed how healthcare organisations were targeted by cyber-criminals. This week, we discuss how they can set up efficient IT security.

One of the main issues that leads to data breaches is the deficiency of some organisations in identifying the dangers and setting appropriate data and application restrictions at a network level. It is mandatory for healthcare organisations to have processes in place to prevent any criminal activity, but it is equally vital to have set procedures to deal with such activities if they take place.

Healthcare organisations must be vigilant with IT security, and perform a detailed risk analysis that covers:

  • Having real safeguards
  • Implementing policies: policies are critical to ensure that security processes flow through to every department. Hiring Chief Security Officers or Chief Information Security Officers is no longer an option for the industry, it is a necessity
  • Setting up and strengthening firewalls
  • Installing antivirus software and keeping software patches up-to-date
  • Encrypting all data and hardware
    • Note: if encrypted healthcare information is stolen, it is not considered to be a data breach (all devices containing private information should be accessible remotely for encryption or wiping clean in the case of theft or loss)
  • Restricting access to sensitive data
  • Training employees and monitoring end-user behaviour
  • Evaluating the dangers of each mobile device (smartphone, tablets, medical equipment…)

Without a doubt, prioritising IT security and having robust security processes will prevent data breaches and greatly reduce any risk of compromise. Healthcare organisations can protect the private data of their patients and customers, but moreover, can also protect their reputation and brand from being damaged.

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