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3 unique obstacles affect​ing healthcare security

Make sure your security systems, like your patients, have the best treatment and support available.

Make sure your security systems, like your patients, have the best treatment and support available.

Because medical records are newly digitalized, healthcare organizations are confronted with several unprecedented challenges. These records are highly sought by cybercriminals while institutions still endeavor to find a way to protect them.

In support of these crucial concerns, organizations have many security risks to consider:

Staff: From hospitals to insurance companies, there is a large assortment of individuals that have access to patient records. These institutions are often comprised of temporary employees, new hires and partner organizations. Thus, it is important to ensure controlled access to the records to maintain sufficient security.

Multiple devices: Sensitive information is stored within multiple devices within a healthcare organization, not only desktops. All devices ought to require encryption and remote failsafe options for when they may be lost. Sixty-eight percent of all healthcare security breaches from 2010 to present day have been due to theft or loss of devices. It is important to have an action plan established to quickly detect a loss, remotely erase all data and have a replacement device available to maintain staff productivity.

Medical equipment: Medical devices cannot be easily checked for malware infection because they operate on closed systems. Due to FDA regulations, they are prohibited from third-party software installations by personnel. As we stated in our previous article, medical devices are the new target for hackers because they provide a "backdoor" into the hospital's network.

If you need help preventing security breaches and implementing a plan for when one occurs, contact the best IT consulting in the Stamford, Conn. area – TEKConn.