The move to managing our healthcare line has proven to be a wonderfully convenient service for all people as our busy lives mean that being able to manage everything using a mobile device or computer has replaced going through letters or attending an appointment in person.
However, this is not without a potential downside as cybercriminals are always attempting to steal our valuable data so they can use it to steal money or commit further fraud. Due to this, it is vital that all organizations do as much as possible to prevent private data of clients and account holders from falling into the wrong hands.
In order to accomplish this there are a few basic steps that you could follow.
1. Ensure You Are Compliant with all Relevant Privacy Legislation
For American companies this means adhering to HIPAA legislation and/or the California Consumer Privacy Act of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation if you do business for clients in those jurisdictions. There are also many other US States currently formulating privacy legislation and calls have been made for federal privacy legislation as well.
If you see to it that you are in compliance with all of these then you are giving yourself an excellent chance of preventing data breaches occurring which impact your clients and, potentially, could result in a massive fine for your organization.
2. Train Your Staff to Be Aware of the Dangers
Being able to show that you are compliant with the relevant legislation is only one small part of the challenge. Most breaches occur due to a mistake made by a staff member. It is vital to conduct ongoing training so your staff is fully aware of what they must do, can do and should never do in relation to the private health information of your clients.
This must be completed as much as possible to drive home the message and avoid
3. Makes Sure Software Patches are Applied ASAP
Software companies are always releasing updates that include security patches to address potential security issues. These patch releases are made public and cybercriminals become aware of them. This allows them to target the flaws in email phishing campaigns as they hope to take advantage of groups that have not applied the patch.
Assign the responsibility of applying all patches to a dedicated person so that there is no lack of clarity in relation to this. Once it has been completed then there is much less to worry about.
4. Control Access Permissions
You may have many different teams working on a server so it is vital that you are aware of who has access to data at any given time. This must be managed carefully to avoid potential breaches. When an employee leaves your group, their access should be shut down at once so that they cannot log in remotely and steal valuable private information.
There are many other sources of information in relation to what you need to do to protect the private information of your clients. The best course of action is to speak with a qualified expert in cybersecurity who will guide you along the best steps and leave nothing to chance.