Patient confidentiality at risk – Be mindful and set up space for cyber security
As a mental health professional, you strive to keep your patients' information safe and secure. But did you know that cyber security is just as crucial for mental health professionals as for banks or tech companies?
In today's digital business environment, patient records comprise contact information, insurance details, diagnoses, treatment plans, and more. Such information is often stored on online platforms and multiple devices, which makes accessing and sharing patient information more effortless. However, the same technologies expose patient information to cyber threats.
Unauthorized access by 3rd parties to patient data has HIPAA, confidentiality, and potential legal implications with DORA.
Imagine this scenario: As you are about to shut down your computer, you notice the mouse cursor moving across the screen. Files and folders are being opened and moved to unfamiliar folders. Sensitive patient and business data is being copied to an unknown location. Your computer has been compromised, and sensitive data has been stolen.
What do you do?
What are your next steps?
Could this have been prevented?
Wasn't the anti-virus software enough?
A common misconception is that consumer-grade security products are enough to protect against today's advanced cyber criminals and their methods. Unfortunately, such technology alone will not adequately protect patient information.
How can you keep up with these rapid and frequently changing cyber threats? How can you protect your patient's data, practice, and peace of mind?
These and other questions are issues that even large organizations struggle with daily.
It is possible to establish reasonable layers of protection of digital assets, even if your organization does not have the skill sets in-house.
Misappropriation and access to patient data by unauthorized 3rd parties has HIPAA and potential legal implications with DORA. Additionally, a cyber incident may put patient confidentiality at risk. An often-overlooked aspect is also the reputational harm and loss of trust by patients, vendors, and employees.
By utilizing proactive measures and deliberately taking care of implementing reasonable cyber risk mitigation efforts, you contribute significantly to protecting sensitive information.
Proactive Discovery has made it its mission to put a cyber security resource in your corner so you can focus on your business. Proactive Discovery provides a fully managed cyber risk mitigation service that operates on a 24x7x365 monitor and response model. Our team of cyber security professionals is focused on preventing, detecting, and removing cyber threats. Before now, this level of cyber risk mitigation was only available to large corporations with big security budgets and departments. We are now making the same enterprise-level cyber risk mitigation capabilities a reality for boutique firms and small businesses.
We're all vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
Start your cyber risk mitigation journey by scheduling a free consultation at https://tiny.proactivediscovery.com/book-cyber-call or visit our fully-managed RESOLUTE cyber risk mitigation service page for more details.
Stay safe and secure out there!