The gap in healthcare cybersecurity, and the lack of experienced IT professionals in the health sector, increase the likelihood of healthcare organizations being breached. These cybersecurity vulnerabilities were compounded by the increase in a work-from-home environment, with 90% of healthcare workers that work remotely lacking updated security guidelines or training to help them keep protected health information secure.
Healthcare Cybersecurity Best Practices
There are several ways in which a healthcare organization can decrease their likelihood of falling victim to a healthcare breach.
Security risk assessment.
Each year, healthcare organizations must complete a security risk assessment (SRA). An SRA assesses an organization’s current security measures against HIPAA standards. This allows vulnerabilities in security measures to be identified.
To ensure healthcare cybersecurity, organizations must address vulnerabilities uncovered by completing an SRA. Remediation efforts involve creating a plan for how an organization plans to address security gaps.
Policies and procedures.
Policies and procedures are necessary for the protection of sensitive data. Developing a work from home, and