Five things you may be doing that could risk your patient data and privacy

July 27, 2022

You might be aware of the increasing threat of cyberattacks. Here are the most common mistakes that leave your patient data more vulnerable to cyberthreats:

  1. Thinking you’re not a target 
    Cyberattacks on healthcare data have increased by 250% over the course of the pandemic. According to Becker’s Hospital Review, a patient’s medical record is worth up to 40 times more than a credit card number on the black market. The first step to protecting your data is recognizing that you are a prime target.   
  2. Not making your team aware of credible and growing threats.  
    Do you lead a healthcare practice or team? If you do, chances are you have more than enough to keep you up at night before you even begin to think about digital security and privacy. But as a leader, you have a responsibility to ensure that your team understands security threats and the important role that all staff members play in safeguarding the information your patients have entrusted to you.  
  3. Connecting your personal device to a work system.  
    We’ve all found ourselves with low battery on our smartphone from time to time. But what happens if you’ve forgotten your charging plug and you connect your phone cable to your work computer? As it turns out, a lot can happen. An infected personal device can scan a healthcare system for sensitive information or even install programs that lock others out of the system. Sound like a sci-fi movie? This has happened in institutions near you.  
  4. Not being able to spot the first signs of a security breach.  
    Even if you practice cybersafe behaviour in your own digital practices, it’s probable that someone else isn’t. Nearly all cyberbreaches exploit unsuspecting and uninformed employees. Are you confident you can spot the first signs of a breach so that you can contain an attack? 
  5. Not having a plan in place for what to do during a security event.  
    If you’ve done your homework, and know what a security breach looks like, then you’re one step further than many of us. But the first moments of a cyberattack can be overwhelming. Who do you inform and when? What do you do first? What should you never do? If you don’t have a clear plan that’s been communicated to all stakeholders, you’re at a greater risk than those practices who have a clear plan in place for stopping an attack. 

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