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Does Your Hospice Need to Invest in Cybersecurity Training?



Health care organization of all forms, including hospices, remain prime targets for costly data breaches. The need for proper training and protection is important and requires immediate action from organizations. Hospices and other health care providers are at risk for a potential cyberattack without proper protocols and knowledge to fend off threats.


Train your staff to fend off cyberattacks


If your organization is serious about cybersecurity, then an investment in an appropriate framework is necessary to handle potential risks. It all begins with education. Your staff should be equipped with the right tools and knowledge on cybersecurity policies and digital training to prepare accordingly.


Training should focus on all areas of cybersecurity and protection of data. One essential topic to cover is email and how to properly identify suspicious emails and attachments. Since emails are so easily sent and received, they remain to be the easiest form of cyberattacks. It’s also quite easy to send ransomware and phishing scams through electronic mail. The problem with ransomware is the potential for physical harm. Hackers that ensue ransomware typically will hold a patient’s data for ransom. If clinicians are without details on prescriptions and treatments, it could devastate a hospice as they try to protect their patients.


Perform a technical scan


Consider a technical assessment to check for possible vulnerabilities within your system. Security companies have the capability to scan and break into your network through comprehensive penetration testing. These tests often tend to be quite expensive, but hospices should consider the costs associated with a potential breach in data that may lead to eventual fines for negligent behavior.


Provisions for encryption, remote access, media destruction, secure passwords, and other critical items should be addressed by hospice providers and their IT teams. Even though such preventive measures are expensive to execute, they remain necessary to protect your overall organization and the privacy of your patients. Train your staff in accordance with your organization’s cybersecurity protocols, and then invest in a plan to secure your agency from threats. An investment in your agency will pay off as you secure your organization in a digital world.

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