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Top Five Steps to Stay Secure for Healthcare Organizations

Judi Grassi

It's time for organizations to begin taking proactive steps (if you haven’t already) to make sure your business is able to defend against cybersecurity attacks. The world continues to get more technology focused and it’s important that as we get more connected we must also stay safe.

It’s particularly imperative that healthcare organizations have a strong security posture. Since medical practices, skilled nursing and long-term care facilities are responsible for sensitive information, it’s imperative that these organizations and other healthcare facilities are as prepared as possible for future attacks.

Here are the top steps that healthcare organizations should be taking to futureproof its cybersecurity:

  1. Assess and Understand What Needs to be Secure: It’s imperative that organizations have a strategic plan and understand what technologies will be implemented in the future. Your organization needs a complete list of all connected technologies and any you know may emerge in the future.
  2. Identity Management Not knowing who has access to what part of the network can be a big mistake. When an employee leaves an organization it’s important to revoke their privileges once they are no longer employed. It’s also important to create a strategy for managing mobile devices. Take inventory of what’s on your network so you can address vulnerabilities, manage patches and updates and have a clear idea of what devices and people belong to your network.
  3. Test for Vulnerabilities: Healthcare organizations must frequently test their system for vulnerabilities and evaluate that status of policies and technologies currently in place. Testing must be continuous and you cannot practice the ‘set it and forget it’ mentality. Technology is always changing and as a result new threats keep emerging. The more often your organization can test for threats, the more prepared you will be.
  1. Proactive Monitoring and Maintenance: It’s crucial for healthcare organizations to have proactive monitoring and maintenance for your most important devices.  Your IT leadership team should assess your technology needs and find the applicable tools for ongoing detection and monitoring.
  1. Training: Computers don’t make mistakes, people do. Humans are the biggest cause of vulnerabilities and your organization must be vigilant in training employees about the current threats and how to stay secure.

If you feel as though your healthcare organization is not where it needs to be from a security standpoint, then it’s time for a serious conversation with our experts

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