Regardless of industry - healthcare, finance, retail, food service, etc. - data security should be an important component of your business. Nearly half of all businesses will suffer a data breach. To put it in perspective, what if your business burned to the ground and you did nothing to stop the fire such as having fire alarms or sprinklers? You would probably be done for. Ignoring the need for proper security is kind of the same. If you don’t have the right security measures and habits in place and your business suffers a data breach, it could be permanently damaging. It could wipe your business off the map.
You know in crime movies where the bad guy kidnaps someone and then sends a magazine cut-out letter to the victim’s loved one that says, “Pay me $10,000...or else.” Well, ransomware, the hot data breach trend of the year, is kind of like that. Only instead of stealing your loved one and holding them hostage, they steal your data, encrypting it and rendering it inaccessible until you pay up.
The current state of healthcare security is not looking too good. For criminal hackers, the risk is low, the security is lax, and the reward is high. So why wouldn’t they make hospitals their prime target? Hospitals and other medical facilities have made themselves an easy victim for hackers to infiltrate their network and steal information, affecting thousands (if not millions) of employees and patients.
At the beginning of this month, the Internal Revenue Service issued a warning to payroll and human resource professionals to alert them of a new twist on an old type of cyber attack. This came a month after the IRS reported a 400 percent rise in tax related attacks and malware. It seems that hackers have now set their sites on payroll companies in particular in order to mine valuable data and steal information from unsuspecting employees.
One of the most common ways that companies fall victim to hackers is through relatively simple phishing scams. Even some of the largest, most damaging data breaches happen because one employee received a scam email and unknowingly handed over the keys to the network, allowing hackers to infiltrate the system.
In a recent blog, we explained Healthit.gov’s top 10 tips for healthcare facility cybersecurity. These tips were designed to assist smaller healthcare facilities such as optometrists, dentists, family physicians, etc. in gaining control of their electronic health records and preventing their patients’ data from falling into the wrong hands. Today, we are going to hone in on one of those tips. We will go into detail on the importance of having an industry standard firewall installed at your healthcare facility.
If you work for or own a financial or accounting firm, you need to be aware of a new type of cyberattack known as “whaling.” Whaling has been on the rise over the past few months as cyber criminals aim to steal valuable information and money from these firms.
Health care facilities store the most private information imaginable, making them a valuable target for criminal hackers. In addition, possibly more than any other industry, it is vital for a hospital’s technology to always function properly. It’s a matter of life and death. This last month, a hospital in Hollywood was forced to pay $17,000 worth of bitcoin when hackers held their system for ransom. The hackers prevented the hospital staff from communicating with each other over the network or accessing any patient files. They were forced to use pen and paper to keep records, slowing patient care down tremendously.
catmandu has a new technician at our Amarillo office! We would like to welcome Carlos Martinez-Arraras to the team. He began working as a tech a few weeks ago and he is already fitting in well. He will be serving as an in-house technician where he will work on home users’ systems.
Not all business owners are particularly tech-savvy. You know how to run your business, how to manage employees, how to maintain great customer service, and how to provide a great product or service but when it comes to your business technology, you might struggle. And that’s okay! After serving the Amarillo area with business IT support for almost 13 years, we have seen it all and there are certain problems that we see over and over again. Businesses of all types (healthcare facilities, lawyers, hotels, retail establishments, restaurants, etc.) are plagued by these issues. Fortunately, there are technology solutions for every single one of the problems that gives you a headache.