How to Avoid Internal Data Breaches in the Health Care Industry

How to Avoid Internal Data Breaches in the Health Care Industry

By now, you have heard enough about insider threats, and data breaches in the health care industry. However, the headlines don’t seem to stop. Isn’t it time that organization figure out how to prevent data beaches from happening, and even more so if they are connected together?

Insider threats whether it is malicious or not, must be addressed with real solutions that can avoid catastrophic breaches from happening as well as have a good understanding of how to secure patients’ health records. In all honesty, everyone within the specific health care organization and those partners that work with them are potential insider threats, whether it be by accident or purposeful.

In a recent article, a director of information security at a health organization explained that they have Data Loss Prevention (DLP) to look at what is going on to the Internet, however, the true question here is how do we not just look but guarantee that even if these sensitive files containing patient information remains protected and secure.

We can say all we want about profiling insider threats, but in the end, it could be by accident and then all of those that were profiled such as a disgruntled employee or someone who is about to lose their job, would have been wrongly targeted. It’s not new to organization specifically in the health care industry that more and more of these problems are occurring, however, they also do not want to be delayed constantly in their day to day tasks.

The real solution to avoid an internal data breach within the health care industry is to protect the data wherever it goes, as well be able to dynamically control those files and be provided with detailed monitoring of its use. It should be easy to manage and use, along with mitigating all kinds of risks of data loss.

So how can we be so sure to have full control and protection of these sensitive files? Well, file encryption of these files is good to start out with. Then making sure that you are able to apply certain permissions to each file or user based on their level of clearance to view sensitive files is good to go along with the encryption.

Prevent insider threats in the health care industry from making the headlines, and protect you patients confidential data they have trusted you to keep secure.



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