HIPAA Tip: Can We Ever Be Too Secure?

Every day cyber-attacks are an ever increasing threat to businesses and organizations, especially in the healthcare sector, where patient data / one medical record can be sold on the black market for $250. Gaining someone else’s identity or insurance information will allow the thief to receive medical treatment, prescription drugs or medical services.

Listed below are three key areas where your organization can step up its cybersecurity defense – now is the time!

  1. Get Resilient: stay informed through continuous learning, implementing robust cybersecurity practices and fostering a watchful organizational culture. All of this applies to every workforce member in order to achieve proactive vigilance.
  2. Get Strategic (Zero Trust Architecture): understand the cyber threat landscape – what are the threats to the organization? Once you have a list of threats, assess your cybersecurity maturity and determine areas that need improvement. As with any program, document all strategies.
  3. Embed Security in Everything you Do: effective security must be implemented at many different levels, beginning with staff members (antivirus), to VPNs for remote connection, along with multi-factor authentication (MFA) for remote connections, email applications and softwares that are web/cloud based that can be accessed outside of the business environment. Additionally, regular patching and updates to systems is critical; replace any outdated hardware or software that poses a huge risk to the organization’s network / environment.

HIPAA compliance isn’t a one-time checklist. It’s ongoing, programmatic in nature, and requires demonstrated reasonable diligence to stay in good standing with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Anatomy IT can provide you peace of mind with our expert HIPAA compliance services. To learn more, contact us here.