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Tuesday, June 9, 2020 1:55 PM

COVID-19: 3 Security Articles for You

Written by Rich Murphy, Product Director - iatricSystems

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As states begin to lift some of the COVID-19 restrictions and businesses begin to reopen, healthcare organizations are still facing many of the same challenges presented at the beginning of this pandemic.

But how has this event shifted security strategies to ensure healthcare organizations are protecting their people and patients? We realize you're being bombarded with information from every direction today, so we’ve pulled together articles from various resources to help you easily find answers to your most pressing COVID-19 security questions.

Cyberthreats Continue to Exploit the Pandemic

With a greater focus on combating COVID-19, healthcare workers are faced with new challenges and greater stress with little time to focus on security. The healthcare sector will always be a prime target for cybercriminals because of the amount of data stored and the value of personal information.

Healthcare personnel and IT workers need to be aware of common scams and tricks used by hackers – especially during this unprecedented time. Read this article to learn how you and your team can protect you, your patients, and your organization against cyber threats.


Data Integrity is Crucial During COVID-19

COVID-19 has caused hospitals and executives to spread priorities and resources, making it even more challenging to get attention focused on addressing cybersecurity challenges like ransomware attacks, which have been significant issues to healthcare cybersecurity even before the pandemic.

In this article, security expert Jeff Tully, MD, discusses key cybersecurity considerations about infrastructure disruptions and COVID-19 test data integrity that organizations can’t ignore.


The Decline and Resurgence of Ransomware

There have been a few successful ransomware attacks in the first quarter of 2020, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Affordacare, two plastic surgeons, and Parkview Medical Center, among others.

Recent reports suggest a steady decline of ransomware attempts, yet experts continue to stress the importance of security.

They suggest that companies use this “lull” to harden their defenses and look out for indicators of compromise, as hackers could already be lurking on their networks. See their research and read tips for security best practices during COVID-19 – read more.

At iatricSystems, we recognize the pressure the healthcare industry faces during this time. Our goal is to keep you connected to the information and resources that could be beneficial to you and your team right now.

Specifically, if you’re looking to secure remote access and implement multi-factor authentication, we’d suggest watching this short video.

Above all, we want to thank you for your dedication, and please know that we’re here for you.