Security is a serious issue for all businesses, and healthcare providers are no exception. Just because you checked a box off on a checklist to verify your HIPAA compliance – it doesn’t always mean you are secure.
96% of information technology security experts feel that they are still vulnerable to a data breach and 63% have repoted suffering through one. However, despite these numbers, 69% feel that meeting HIPAA security and privacy compliance requirements is a very effective way of protecting their sensitive data.
But is it really?
HIPAA security and privacy rules provide national standards to protect ePHI. What is a standard though? Is it enough? Typically, a standard is a guideline for you to follow and should be tailored to fit your exact needs. Some standards may or may not apply to your company depending on what you practice.
Unfortunately, IT is a rapidly evolving area and the security landscape and threats are ever increasing due to the highly volatile nature. Industry standards can not always keep up to date with the latest trends and technologies that are available.
As more information is transmitted over networks and devices and more applications are moved to data centers and the “cloud”, ensuring security and continuity will become even more important. You must not only protect the data, but you must also continue to be able to provide care & ensure the necessary data is available to make critical decisions.
The biggest threats to security include vulnerable connected devices, DDoS attacks (Distributed Denial-of-Service – which makes data and services unavailable), Phishing scams, malware and the most recent ransomware attacks. Now days security breaches are not a matter of “if” it will occur but a matter of “when”. You must be prepared by making your infrastructure security a top priority and hire the necessary experts to assist and prioritize your resources and secure your top assets from the most prevalent security threats.