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Through frequent risk management within a healthcare enterprise to proactively detect and minimize future threats, organizations and their corporate partners can better prevent expensive data breaches.
FREMONT, CA: These best practices in healthcare cybersecurity are developed to keep pace with the evolving threat environment, resolve privacy and data protection risks at endpoints and in the cloud, and safeguard information when in transit, at rest, and in use. This includes a multi-faceted, sophisticated approach to defense.
1. Educate Healthcare Staff
The human factor remains one of the greatest threats to protection in all sectors, but especially in the health sector. Simple human error or incompetence may have catastrophic and costly implications for healthcare organizations. Threat awareness preparation equips health care staff with the requisite skills to make smart decisions and using suitable caution when handling patient data.
Protective data controls go beyond the advantages of access controls and surveillance to ensure that unsafe or malicious data practices can be flagged and/or blocked in real-time. Healthcare organizations can use data controls to block specific activities involving confidential data, such as site uploads, unwanted e-mails, copying to external drives, or printing. The discovery and labeling of data play an important supporting role in this process by ensuring that confidential data can be detected and tagged to ensure an acceptable degree of security.
3. Log and Monitor Use
Logging both access and use data is often important, allowing suppliers and business associates to track which users are accessing what content, software, and other services, when and from which devices and locations. These logs prove useful for audit purposes, allowing companies to recognize areas of risk and, where possible, to improve security measures. When an incident happens, an audit trail can help administrations to identify particular entry points, evaluate the cause, and assess the damage.
4. Conduct Regular Risk Assessments
Although having an audit trail helps to determine the cause and other useful specifics of an incident after it has happened, diligent avoidance is as critical. Daily risk evaluations can recognize vulnerabilities or failures in the protection of a healthcare institution, flaws in employee education, inadequacies in the safety of vendors and business associates, and other areas of concern.
Through frequent risk management within a healthcare enterprise to proactively detect and minimize future threats, organizations and their corporate partners can better prevent expensive data breaches. They can also thwart many other negative implications of data breaches, including disruption to reputation to fines by regulatory authorities.