Telehealth: It used to be little more than a buzzword in the medical industry. Telehealth was practiced in rare cases but adopted very slowly by mainstream practitioners. Detractors worried about the efficacy of diagnosing online, whether or not patient information could be kept confidential, and if best practices in healthcare security were being upheld. Enthusiasts touted the savings for doctors and patients alike as well as the ability to reach people in rural or disadvantaged areas.
You may think security is up to your IT department or your anti-virus software, but if you’re an employee, you are the first line of defense against cyber attacks. Your practice may have comprehensive cybersecurity policies for its employees (if so, congrats on being one of the few!), but even with these sorts of protections, you have to remain on guard to ensure that you’re protecting patient data and keeping your network secure.
According to Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), over 70 percent of the world’s businesses operate at least partially in the cloud. This isn’t surprising, given the many benefits of operating in the cloud, such as higher flexibility, lower fixed costs, increased collaboration, automatic software updates, and the ability to work remotely from anywhere with an internet connection.
Data safety and security has never been more critical than now. Businesses across the globe invest in firewalls, antivirus, and antimalware tools to keep their own data — and their clients’ data — safe. There are, however, other types of threats to your technology, so (of course) there are other essential data security best practices and devices to use against commonly forgotten threats like electrical surges or power outages.
Only a few years ago, data breaches used to slip under the radar. The breaches happened all the time, some affecting millions of users that should have made the evening news. Instead, data breaches became an everyday thing.