cybersecurity in healthcare

Three ways to improve your cybersecurity

Three Steps You MUST Take Now.

Cybersecurity professionals are sounding the alarm in agreement that we are about to experience another uptick in cybersecurity attacks. They cite numerous reasons for this coming storm. The most significant concern is the increased tensions we have with the usual cast of cyber-attacking state actors - Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran, specifically. Part of the alarm-ringing involves our enemy's desire to cripple our infrastructure and our economy, instead of merely engaging in a multi-billion dollar financial extortion scheme.

In light of this increased threat, you have a choice to make for your organization. You can continue on with business as usual, or you can adjust your sails for the changing winds. Here are three industry best practices that are affordable, efficient, and effective.

Implementing TTC

Training
The first, as we discussed last week, is training. Adopting the mindset that training is a continuous process is essential to keeping your staff prepared for the rapidly evolving threat landscape. Adhering to the old concept of annual training just isn't enough. Ask us about our new one-stop-shop training program for your workforce - affordable, efficient, and effective.

Testing
While the first pillar of protection is an educated, aware, and alert workforce, the second one is identifying your vulnerabilities. Far too often we learn of massive breaches that had gone undetected for months or years. If all of your defenses are focused on prevention, what happens when a malicious actor or software gets inside undetected? The best way to catch this is with network vulnerability testing. Traditionally this has been a costly and time-consuming undertaking, but Acentec, in partnership with former FBI cybersecurity experts, has developed a penetration and vulnerability testing solution that is scalable to cover Fortune 500 companies, yet affordable for small businesses. Using the same tools and technologies that our Federal government uses, we can now offer this highest level of cybersecurity testing at a price-point unthinkable just a few years ago.

Configuration
Once you've identified your security holes and weaknesses, you need to make the changes to close the gaps. The third pillar is where rethinking your network comes into play. This isn't a "one size fits all" solution, so you need an experienced team to evaluate the most cost-effective approach to making your technology more insulated, yet accessible.

Acentec has been a trusted technology solutions partner for over 17 years to the healthcare community and beyond. Our solutions are affordable, efficient, and effective. Call us today to see how we can be of service to your organization.

HIPAA Security Reminders

 

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Pursuant to Section 164.308(a)(5) of the HIPAA Security Rule, the Standard states: Implement a security awareness and training program for all members of its workforce (including management).

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