For cybercriminals, no business is too small to target. Sadly, many small- and medium-sized business (SMBs) owners still have the mindset that only large organizations could get attacked. They assume they’re safe since they’re small players, and it’s this very mentality that makes their business ripe for the picking.
Despite the rapid growth of cyberthreats, health organizations continue to fail to keep up with the mounting privacy and security issues. However, when the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on May 25, 2018, it drew a range of responses from various sectors and industries, and companies have since made substantial changes to their data management and security policies.
For many years, small and medium businesses (SMBs) were unlikely targets for sophisticated cyberattacks. But contrary to popular belief, this has changed dramatically in the past few years as SMBs become more reliant on IT systems while still suffering from weak security and encryption, and lack of security knowledge and best practices.
If there are two things that keep business leaders awake at night, they’re the constant threat of a data breach and failing to meet increasingly strict compliance regulations. In Connecticut, the state Supreme Court ruled that in addition to statutory fines, businesses could also face lawsuits from affected citizens.
If you operate a healthcare practice, transitioning from paper to electronic medical records (EHRs) has almost certainly been your biggest IT challenge over the past few years. In 2015, Medicare began fining hospitals and doctors that don’t use EHR systems, which encouraged many organizations to view these solutions as requirements rather than opportunities.
Business owners should view their cybersecurity programs as two-tiered endeavors. One tier requires having the right equipment and software in place to fend off cyberthreats. The second requires having a maintenance plan in place to ensure the equipment and software are doing what they’re supposed to be doing over time.
There are two ways to make sure your company’s IT network runs smoothly. You can either keep the task in-house by placing full-time administrators and technicians on your payroll, or you can outsource the task to an IT support firm. Which one’s better depends on your situation, but outsourcing may deliver benefits you hadn’t thought of.
Healthcare organizations in the 21st century must optimize two different subsets of technology to be successful. The cutting-edge equipment required for diagnosing and treating patients is one, and the network of computers used for managing patient data is the other.
Before Social Media platforms like Facebook went live, HIPAA was established to protect the privacy of medical providers and their patients. And although there are no specific rules for Social Media use, every healthcare organization must implement security protocols that adhere to privacy policies. On April 14, 2003, the “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act” […]
Data security and compliance need to be high on the list of any healthcare organization’s priorities. Do you have security measures in place to protect your patient data? Is your practice compliant with the HIPAA regulation? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, this article is a must-read. Why does data security matter […]