When people imagine the pandemic, the security of their personal information probably isn’t at the top of their list. However, research shows that COVID-19 and healthcare cybersecurity go hand in hand. In fact, the Department of Health and Human Services reports a nearly 50% increase in breaches between February and May of 2020.
The Cause of the Increase
Cybercriminals may be high-tech, but they are still just criminals. Criminals look for opportunities, and the pandemic presents them. They have long since used remote medical devices to infiltrate healthcare computer systems and steal information, and the increase in patients has made that easier than ever. In addition, temporary medical facilities erected across the nation don’t have the same protection that established hospitals do. This leaves them vulnerable to security hacks that may go unnoticed as doctors and nurses continue to focus on taking care of COVID-19 patients.
Protecting Your Facility
The question is what can you do to protect yourself, your staff, and your patients from becoming victims of cyber theft during an already tumultuous time? Boosting security on computer systems is essential, of course. This means more encryption and avoiding open applications whenever possible. Staff training further protects your facility. Teach your personnel about the importance of guarding information and how to do it, including avoiding using personal applications or email addresses at work and always using strong passwords to log in to the healthcare system.
COVID-19 means you already have your hands full running your healthcare facility. Don’t make the mistake of trying to protect your business on your own. Cybersecurity professionals can work with you to ensure system protection and even train your employees to keep your facility safe.