The term ‘cyber security’ is regularly in the news but does that mean everyone now understands the issues? A recent survey revealed that a quarter of healthcare organizations do not encrypt data stored in the cloud. Despite their concerns about data security, companies are not taking the simple steps to reduce the risk of ePHI being accessed, exposed or stolen. A separate survey showed that 40 percent of UK adults ignore important financial information because they don't understand the terminology used. Is the same problem behind both these statistics?
To non-experts, finance and IT can seem complicated. With other pressing issues to attend to, it’s tempting to skip over the cyber-security article. The risk is that important information about protecting your business is being missed by the people who need to take action.
So it’s important that IT experts take time to explain and simplify the jargon we use so that the important information is understood and acted on.
To help you make data protection less complicated, we have created a list below of simple steps that every business needs to take to protect the company’s data and reputation. Your AlertSec package has the functionality to support you, and our help desk team is on hand to help.
University of North Carolina Health Care recently suffered a data breach after protected health information (PHI) of 1,300 prenatal patients was transmitted to local county health departments inadvertently.
In a separate incident, a spread-sheet containing the PHI of more than 1,200 patients was accidentally sent to two media outlets by a worker at Mecklenburg County, NC.
A survey by HyTrust has revealed that a quarter of healthcare organizations do not use encryption to protect data in the cloud, even though the lack of encryption potentially places PHI of patients at risk of being exposed.
While 82% of surveyed healthcare organizations rated security as their number one concern, encryption is not always employed.