While this information is frightening, it informs us the importance of being proactive versus reactive. Here are a few proactive methods you can use at your practice to predict, isolate, and minimize the attack, as well as provide visibility into the type of attacks that may place.
Network monitoring and alerting
Actively monitor your network 24/7 using software and services that look for any potential hardware or network faults. They also enable practices to act before you’re at risk and experience downtime.
Keep your software and operating systems up to date
It’s important to now when security and enhancement updates are released for your systems and to apply those updates when needed. This is important to your practice because it’s another layer in keeping you safe, secure, and compliant. When practices use a legacy software, it makes them vulnerable for cyberthreats.
Use anti-malware, spyware, and antivirus software
Each of your servers, workstations, and laptops need security software installed, configured, and continually updated. As with the operating system updates, this adds an additional layer to keeping your practice protected from threats like viruses, malware, spyware and other harmful programs. In a world where your patients’ information needs to stay protected and confidential this will be a key piece in keeping you HIPAA compliant.
Backup your information locally and in the cloud
It’s vital to your practice that server information and critical files are backed up locally and remotely in a secure destination, every day. This is like a security blanket for your practice. That is, if your office experienced a cyberattack, caught fire or flooded you wouldn’t lose all the information that is the lifeblood of it.
Firewall and security appliance
You need a good solid firewall and security appliance. In this age of ransomware, malware, and other threats, a good solid firewall and security appliance is a critical component. A SonicWall is considered the top of the line firewall for keeping small-medium sized business secure. It’s a critical component to your IT network infrastructure.
If this all sounds like too much, or it’s just gibberish, you need a managed IT service. This is a provider that is managing your system – servers, workstations, firewalls, anti-virus, etc. - on a continual basis. Someone that is essentially acting as your IT department.
Imagine your practice and computer system – Secure, Supported and Stable. That’s Hassle-Free IT, that is Advantage Technologies. If you would like to learn more contact…….
Trevor Turner | Technology Consultant
877-723-8832 x633 (Desk / Mobile)
Advantage Technologies is the premier provider for Hassle-Free technology integration solutions for the Medical Community. Our array of strategic partnerships allows us to design an innovative solution customized for your needs. Our highly skilled information technology team understand your practice management programs and clinical treatment technology. The training and experience we have allows us to truly deliver a "Hassle Free I.T." experience to your entire practice. More information can be found online at www.adv-tech.com or by calling 877-823-8832 x633