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Steps to Reduce Data Breaches

Steps to Reduce Data Breaches

4/10/2017 8:37:00 AM   |   Comments: 0   |   Views: 52
 

Steps to Reduce Data Breaches
Since technology changes by the minute, unfortunately, there is no sure-fire way to completely protect data and computer systems. However, if the idea of losing your practice data and patient data as a result of a cyber security breach or employee error keeps you up at night, here are some tips to potentially limit your cyber liability exposure:
 
  • Install, maintain and update security software and hardware.
     
  • Encrypt your emails, servers and all portable devices.
     
  • Make sure that you have the latest version of your software program.
     
  • Perform regular backups.
     
  • Don't open unsolicited web links.
     
  • Use caution when opening attachments.
     
  • Use passwords or physical locks to keep sensitive electronic data and physical files accessible only to those who need it to do their jobs.
     
  • If you have employees that work off-site, limit the use of portable technology and provide a virtual private network (VPN) connection for access to company computers.
     
  • Train employees on proper care and control of PHI and PII. Document processes and conduct regular training sessions as well as security audits to ensure staff compliance.
     
  • Contract with an IT security services company to monitor security risks.

Although there is no way to totally prevent a security breach, basic security procedures should be implemented and monitored in order to limit a costly cyber breach.
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