Cybercrime: Protect your medical data

Cybercrime
Cybercrime is on the rise.

With ransoms starting at $15,000 and others demanding $1 Million; can you afford not to invest in cybersecurity?

The Oxford Dictionary defines cybersecurity as “The state of being protected against the criminal or unauthorised use of electronic data, or the measures taken to achieve this.”

With headlines by Forbes stating Why healthcare could face unprecedented cyber threats in 2021? There is a need to ensure your cybersecurity is up-to-date and protecting your data.

WHAT CAN I DO TO PROTECT MY DATA

Firstly, train staff on how to be vigilant against phishing.

These are emails that look authentic however are fraudulent in their attempt to attain passwords, credit card information, personal information and other sensitive data.

Secondly, don’t have the same password for all accounts vary them. A password manager is a great tool to remind you which password goes with which.

As a rule, keep your software and operating system updated. This ensures you have the latest security patches to protect your computer. We dived into this subject, plus identified all possible attacks in our previous blog titled Windows, Viruses and Malware: all you need to know. 

WHAT IS A SECURITY PATCH?

As Manageengine mentions: “A patch update is a process of updating the existing software with a small piece of software code to fix any security or functional issues in the application.” Microsoft releases their patches on the second Tuesday of each month. 

FURTHERMORE

Additionally, to avoid your data getting compromised, we suggest you install Anti-virus software on your devices.

Shane from Bryterite urges all our Practice PLUS clients not to use an antivirus with a built-in firewall. He adds, this replaces the Windows firewall, which will create problems.

DON’T BE A VICTIM TO CYBERCRIME

Should you be unsure whether your systems are protected or up-to-date. Please give us a call; we will put you in touch with our IT team.

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