There was a time when green numbers spilling down a black screen, technobabble, the sound of beeping machines, and blinking lights were akin to sorcery, the late-night imaginings of science fictions writers and cyber-punk visionaries.

These days, the prattling of a Cyber Security Webinar can feel as boring as any dry theoretical lecture you had to sit through in med school.

It has become routine. We take precautions, we acknowledge and largely ignore the risks, we hope that nothing bad will happen to us. We are as careful as we can stand to be, and we try not to think too hard about what may happen. And that’s a fair response – spending endless energy on imagining the horrible things that MIGHT happen is as useless as envisioning every way we may encounter a wreck on our daily commute, or every health risk that may manifest within our life.

Even though cyber security is an important part of our business continuity and HIPAA Compliance, it shouldn’t be overwhelming.

In fact, we can simplify it down to three major areas of risk that you can address today.

One – Security Through Updates

Security patches and routine updates to your software and operating systems are vitally important – this is how the developers fix any major problems that are found within the software that may lead to exploits by bad actors. Having your IT team manage your updates means you’ll never be left vulnerable when a new exploit is discovered.

Two – Malware Protection

Having a business-class firewall and the proper procedures for remote access can protect your network from most outside attempts to hack into your system. Beyond this, having solid backups and restoration procedures means that even in the event of a breach and a ransom event, you can have your data restored and the threat cleared in hours, rather than paying thousands and receiving a huge repair bill.

Three – Ongoing Staff Training

There is NO defense against human error other than training. The best solution is to give your employees regular training sessions that go over current risks and trends as well as best practices. This will keep your staff aware of why procedures are in place and what they’re safeguarding against. It may feel redundant but going over the nuances of how to handle a suspicious email once will quickly fade and be forgotten, while going over it every week will get the rules firmly entrenched in your mind.

If you need help with any of these areas, call or contact Healthcare Technology Advisors today, and we can advise you on what would best work for you and your practice.