During a stay in the hospital, it’s likely that your cybersecurity is one of the last things on your mind. But hospital data security is increasingly becoming the target of ransomware attacks, phishing scams, and data mining schemes. And while patient data security and IT healthcare compliance are an increasing concern among hospital administrators, there are still steps you should take as an individual to keep your personal information safe.
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.
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.
Staying up to date on the latest tech can provide a competitive edge. But as you get new computers, tablets, servers, or other devices, you’ll have to dispose of the old ones properly. Here’s how and why to dispose of your old tech and how it’s one of the best practices in data security.