Healthcare Network Security

One of the HHS cybersecurity best practices recommends that organizations implement network management processes to improve data security. Network security in healthcare is more important than ever. Healthcare organizations are vulnerable to hacking incidents when they fail to implement network security practices.

What is Network Management?

Network management is the process of securing and maintaining a network by implementing security practices. Healthcare network management requires organizations to implement measures that meet HIPAA requirements. These measures must ensure electronic protected health information (ePHI) security.

To protect ePHI, healthcare network security requires that administrative, physical, and technical safeguards be implemented. 

When referring to network management, safeguards include:

Administrative

Network management allows organizations to implement administrative safeguards in the form of user authentication and audit controls.

  • User authentication: healthcare organizations must be able to track user access to their network. To accomplish this, it is essential to provide each user with a unique user ID to access your organization’s network. A network setting known as “Wifi Protected Access 2 (WPA2)-Enterprise” can be used to set this up. WPA2-Enterprise is the easiest and most secure method to manage user access. 
  • Audit controls: allow organizations to monitor user activity on their network. Monitoring ePHI access is required by HIPAA to ensure that it is not accessed inappropriately or excessively. Through audit controls, administrators can easily monitor suspicious activity on a network, such as a user accessing a network from a suspicious location or multiple failed login attempts by an individual user.

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