Written by Guy McAllister, Director, Privacy & Security - iatricSystems
I grew up being told “there are consequences to your actions young man!” Sometimes those consequences I faced were small and moved past me without much fanfare, while others seemed to knock me down. Often, these consequences came from wrong choices, and at times they came when I made the right choice but didn’t put my heart into it and do enough. One thing I can attest to is those consequences, great or small, helped make me a better person today.
In recent days several cybersecurity related consequences have made state and national headlines. Here are just a couple examples.
I share these examples, not to judge these entities, but to encourage everyone to ask themselves if they are doing everything they can to avoid and protect against a breach.
Consequences are real, and in both situations, as with many of the daily breaches that happen, the outcomes could have likely been avoided with more planning around security.
Every healthcare system takes its mission seriously, as do the Florida cities and AMCA; however, cybersecurity must be on everyone’s radar from the top leadership down to the employee who monitors a web server or opens a suspicious email.
And it’s ever evolving. Just because you’ve put measures in place one day, does not mean that you can rest and not continue to do more to protect yourself against new potential breaches.
Let’s hope that the ultimate outcomes from these breach consequences strengthen our resolve to better protect data and stop the criminal activity of illegally accessing systems and stealing data. Maybe one outcome is that we do a better job of locking down the access to that data.
If you would like to learn more, then join us for an informative webinar on July 11th at 2pm ET, “Tips for Winning the War on Cybersecurity” where Tony Scott, Founder/CEO of Technical Financial Services will share the healthcare breach risk areas of greatest concern, and you will also learn tips for how you can lower your risk for a breach.