How Can Healthcare Data be Protected?

How Can Healthcare Data be Protected?

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Data discovery and categorization are critical components of this process because they allow sensitive data to be recognized and marked for the appropriate level of protection.

FREMONT, CA: These healthcare cybersecurity best practices are designed to stay up with the changing threat landscape by addressing risks to privacy and data protection on endpoints and in the cloud and protecting data in transit, at rest, and in use. This needs a multifaceted and smart security strategy.

Inform Healthcare Employees

The human factor remains one of the most serious security hazards in all businesses, but especially in healthcare. Simple human error or neglect can have severe and costly effects on healthcare companies. Security awareness training provides healthcare workers with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions and exercise proper caution when managing patient data.

Implement Data Usage Controls

Healthcare companies can use data controls to stop sensitive data from being uploaded online, sent via unlawful email addresses, copied to external storage, or being printed. Data discovery and categorization are important components of this process because they enable recognition and marking of sensitive data for the appropriate level of protection.

Log and Monitor Use

All access and usage data must be logged in the right order so providers and business partners can see who is accessing what information, applications, and other resources, when they are accessing and from which devices and locations. These records are used in audits, allowing organizations to discover areas of concern and, if necessary, reinforce preventive measures. An audit trail may help organizations locate precise access points, ascertain the reason, and assess damages after an incident happens.

Perform Regular Risk Evaluations

While having an audit trail can assist in determining the cause and other crucial facts of an incident after it occurred, proactive prevention is also critical. Regular risk assessments can reveal weaknesses or weak points in a healthcare organization's security, as well as deficiencies in employee education, inadequacies in vendors' and business associates' security postures, and other areas. Healthcare providers and their business partners can better evade expensive data breaches and the many other negative consequences of a data breach, such as reputational damage and regulatory penalties, by regularly evaluating risk across their organization to proactively identify and mitigate potential risks.

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