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An Epidemic in Healthcare Security

Posted on: September 18th, 2014 | Category: Network Security

A recent article in USA Today proclaimed there is an epidemic of medical identity theft. From the Affordable Care Act’s HealthCare.gov Website to the immense data breach that recently took place at Community Health Systems, there is no question that attacks in the healthcare world are on the rise.

So just how rampant are security flaws within the healthcare world and what steps can your administration take? A year-long examination of cybersecurity by The Washington Post has found that health care is among the most vulnerable industries in the country, in part because it lags behind in addressing known problems.

Think for a second what would happen if your patients lost faith in your ability to adequately secure their customer information. Failing to maintain adequate security towards your customer information would result in possible risks to patient safety and theft or loss of medical information.

Community Health Systems recent Cyber-attack exposed 4.5 Million people who had their personal information stolen and therefore comprised. In fact, a survey done by the security firm ID Experts found that 90% of health care organizations polled had suffered a data breach during the past two years with 38% having had more than five data breaches during that period.

Is your healthcare environment as secure as it has to be? Do you believe you are immune from these imminent dangers?

You’re not. I encourage you, at a minimum, to perform an assessment of your current security practices. Weidenhammer has developed an e-book titled, The Guide to Complete Network Security. This resource details all elements of a premier locked-down IT security plan, as well as helpful advice and testimonials.

The time to act is now, don’t become another statistic.

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Rick Phillips

Rick Phillips

Richard P. Phillips is Weidenhammer’s , Vice President, Compute Solutions. He oversees the overall management of the line of business specializing in Network Infrastructure Solutions, Professional Engineering Consulting, IT Management Consulting, Managed Services, and Cloud IT Solutions. Phillips is a graduate of McCann School of Business and Lehigh Data Institute and a member of the Managed Service Provider University (MSPU). Holding numerous systems certifications with IBM, and manufacturing consulting certifications with MAPICS and APICS, he has earned Sales Professional and Technical Sales Professional certifications with VMware. Under his management, Weidenhammer has received the MVP Award from business partner Ingram Micro representing the Eastern Region of the United States.