Now more than ever, it is vital to secure your health care facility from cyber-criminals. Attackers are more intent than ever before to steal personal information and hold it for ransom or use it for illicit purposes.


So, here are three strategies health care teams should adopt right now to help secure the facilities:


Software Updates


Keeping your software updated is crucial to keep your data safe. Software patches are created to help protect against zero-day attacks and security vulnerabilities hackers use to access unsecured systems. The rate at which cyber criminals identify these vulnerabilities are staggering, and the rate at which they exploit them is even faster.


Ensuring your software patches are up to date can go a long way in keeping you safe from cyber-criminals looking to break into your facilities. We recommend implementing this strategy as soon as possible.


Secure your Cloud Services


Just because you host services in the cloud doesn’t mean that they are secure. If they are not set up with security in mind, your cloud-based data might be the most vulnerable part of your entire organization.


You must ensure your data is protected by enabling two-factor authentication on all of your cloud accounts whenever possible. Even though it is seen as a hassle to users, it is invaluable in stopping attackers from gaining access to your data.


Email Protection


We see more phishing attacks than ever before. They are getting more sophisticated and harder to identify. This makes it dangerous for employees who want to avoid doing anything that could put the organization at risk but fall victim to a phishing scam anyway. Here as well, two-factor authentication is a must. This way, the username and password combination is not enough to get access to your system.


But it is also essential that you are sure that you have an in-house strategy to help identify potentially dangerous emails.


It does not have to be overly complicated to have security in your health care facility. All it takes is a little effort on the front end planning, and your data should be safe from cyber-criminals looking to exploit vulnerabilities in your network.

Anthony Kopiecki