How to Create a Cybersecurity Strategy for Your Healthcare Organization

Drew Laroche

If your healthcare organization has gone digital, this has probably eased your workload and made patients’ records more accessible.

However, digital environments also make you vulnerable to security threats.

Keep reading for ways to create a cybersecurity strategy and keep your information safe.

1. Understand the Skills Gap
In order to implement a functional cybersecurity strategy, you need to identify the skills gap amongst your employees.

If not enough of them are trained in the technological systems you use, it could leave the door open for security threats.

Make assessments to evaluate your staff’s skills and identify where the gaps are and what measures to take.

2. Train Staff to Make Skills Manageable
Providing training for your healthcare managers will ensure everyone is getting the right training to prevent security breaches.

You might not think it’s important for nurses to be trained in cybersecurity. However, it helps to have everyone trained to prevent breaches from happening.

3. Conduct Annual Risk Assessments
You might not know how to protect your healthcare systems when you don’t know what the risks are.

Every year there’s a new hacker threatening cybersecurity. Conduct yearly tests to identify areas that are vulnerable to risks and reinforce the systems you already have in place.

Yearly assessments can make your systems impenetrable against security threats.

4. Limit Access to Workstations
When there are too many hands on deck, mistakes are bound to happen.

By limiting your staff’s access to your systems, you can track who access each area. More sensitive areas should be reserved for only those in upper management.

Support staff should only access the areas needed for them to do their jobs.

5. Monitor Data
Do you know who is accessing your healthcare data?

Sensitive data such as patient’s information is always at risk if you don’t know who has access to it.

Ensure you monitor all of your data to see if any third parties have access to your healthcare systems.

6. Educate Your Staff on Security
Once you follow the steps above and update your systems, it’s necessary to educate your staff on the new security system.

It serves no use to implement new security if the people who have daily access don’t know how to use it.

Provide your employees with the training and tools they need to protect your information.

7. Review Your Systems
Once you complete all the steps and get your staff trained, it’s time to go back and review how everything is working.

Does everyone know how to protect data and employee information?

Run a report to check if there are still a few gaps in the system vulnerable to threats. Don’t forget to get feedback from the people who use the system every day.

Implement a Cybersecurity Strategy

Protecting your patient’s record should be your top priority. Don’t let cyberthreats disrupt your business.

If you’re ready to take steps to protect your healthcare security, let SecureNetMD help you.

Visit us to learn more about us and the work we do. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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