Cyber Security is one of our biggest challenges and responsibilities. With the lightning fast evolution of the Internet, security has evolved from preventing malware and pop-ups to protecting against sophisticated cyber attacks with the intent to extort money from unsuspecting and ill-equipped business owners.
Most importantly, for our business, cyber security means protecting patient data from breach and ensuring continuity of service for our providers. In 2017 the Wanna Cry ransomware locked down National Health Service networks across Great Britain, bringing care to a stand still. It cost thousands of pounds in downtimes and remediation. It all was preventable—simply by updating equipment and software.
There are a number of ways Healthcare Technology Advisors helps to ensure that you are at minimum risk:
- Updates - Keeping computers and network equipment updated is one of the most effective steps to preventing a possible network security issue.
- Firewall - A common mistake in small to medium business networks is the lack of a business grade firewall solution. Often business owners are unaware of the difference between having a network router and having a network firewall in place.
- Passwords - Password and password protection are proving to be an area that needs attention when discussing network security. Using sophisticated software and tools, hackers are easily gaining access to small business networks through simple or default passwords
- Antivirus/Antispam - Most people know that antivirus and antispam software are necessary components of network security, but many people don’t realize why its so important until their computer or network is infected with a virus, malware, spyware, or a host of other potentially dangerous issues.