Ransomware attacks continue to rise, especially those targeting healthcare organizations. Hackers often target healthcare organizations in ransomware attacks to disrupt operations in hopes that the organization will pay a ransom. Healthcare organizations are also targeted in data theft incidents because patient information can be extremely valuable on the black market. This is why it has never been more important to protect your organization by improving your healthcare security. To provide guidance on how you can do so, tips to improving healthcare security are provided below.

Healthcare Security

  1. Strong spam filters
  2. Multi-factor authentication
  3. Employee cybersecurity training 
  4. Network traffic filtering
  5. Patch management and software updates
  6. Access controls
  7. Backup procedures

Healthcare Security Tips

There are several ways in which you can improve your overall healthcare security, some of which are required HIPAA cybersecurity best practices.

1. Strong spam filters

As the leading cause behind healthcare breaches, preventing phishing attacks should be your top priority when it comes to your security. One of the ways in which you can prevent a phishing attack is by using a strong spam filter. As phishing attempts become more sophisticated, the best way to prevent an employee from opening a phishing email is by blocking them with a strong spam filter, and blacklisting malicious email addresses.

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2. Multi-factor authentication

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) requires users to input multiple login credentials before accessing sensitive information (i.e. username and password in combination with security questions or a one-time PIN). MFA protects your organization’s data from unauthorized access. This is because, if an employee’s username and password is compromised by a phishing attack, a hacker would be unable to access data unless they had access to the employee’s other login credentials.

3. Employee cybersecurity training 

As we mentioned previously, phishing attacks have become more sophisticated. Employee cybersecurity training is an essential part of preventing phishing attacks and improving healthcare security, and it is also required by