Cybersecurity for Medical Practices and Healthcare Providers
Few industries need solid cybersecurity practices more than the healthcare sector. Every day, more and more medical providers are moving towards a digital-first environment. For many healthcare providers, the change is difficult—switching from hardcopy medical records and administrative paperwork to an all-digital environment is fraught with headaches. You know how to cure those, don’t you?
While computer systems and internet networks are more reliable than ever, things can still go wrong when you’re not protecting yourself from active cybersecurity threats. So how does a medical practice protect itself from hackers and cyberattacks?
Go with Locked24 for all your cybersecurity needs. We go above and beyond and work with medical practices of all sizes, from single-physician offices to large hospitals. Our systems are 100% HIPAA compliant to protect your patients’ information. They also will protect you, your employees, and your whole practice when it comes to antivirus and email protection.
Why Cybersecurity Is Important for Healthcare Providers
Your employees aren't necessarily tech-savvy.
a. Human error is by far the most significant factor in cybersecurity attacks. The FBI reported that over 95% of cybercrimes involve human error. It’s the most difficult variable to account for.
b. To complicate things further, some healthcare workers who’ve been around for a while can be stuck in their ways, just like anyone else. Maybe they’ve done something one way for years or even decades, and then someone plops down a bunch of machines, hooks up some wires, hands them an armful of devices, and says there’s a whole new way of doing things. It can be daunting.
c. Luckily, proper and regular employee training will significantly curb that human variable. When your employees know how to use their tech safely, and they’re aware of the threats around them, you’re better protected than most.
You work with lots of technology, which means lots of opportunities for hackers.
a. We know you work with all sorts of technology now. You have access to loads of software, systems, databases, communication services, and more—and you access it all from a multitude of internet-connected devices. Every single one of these technologies is a potential weak point for hackers to exploit.
b. To keep your patients’ information safe—thus keeping your practice safe—you need a robust cybersecurity policy. This policy must address every variable, especially employee training. Partnered with some solid security programs supported by IT and cybersecurity professionals, you can rest easier knowing you’re well protected.
You’re in a target-rich environment.
a. Hackers commonly target healthcare providers, and they mean serious business. Hospitals and medical practices of all sizes largely get hit with ransomware attacks. These data breaches lock down your access to all of your systems along with the data therein. Every bit of it. To make matters worse, the hackers have complete access to all those patient records and more.
b. Ransomware attackers demand hefty payments to release your information, and even then, there’s no guarantee you’ll get it back. Besides the ransom payment, victims also face untold losses in incident investigation, data recovery, lost revenue while systems are down, and inevitable HIPAA & HITECH fines. The costs can easily reach millions of dollars, which is—along with the above point—precisely why healthcare providers are such popular targets.
You have all your patients’ information
a. PHI and ePHI records hold everything there is to know about your patients. From their medical and health insurance records to their personal information, bank accounts, and credit cards, you have your patients’ lives in your hands in more ways than one.
Contact us today to schedule your free, no-obligation cybersecurity inspection and quote.