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Reframing cybersecurity as a patient safety issue at RSNA

by John W. Mitchell, Senior Correspondent | December 03, 2021
Health IT X-Ray

Decker had a host of suggestions, including:

– When working with your IT vendors, get guarantees that they apply robust cybersecurity practices. Don't assume they do. Someone in your practice needs to be knowledgeable about safe standards.

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– Consult the Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices (HICP) playbook to create common standards across healthcare. It offers cyber defenses based on small, medium, and large practices, to manage and protect patients. Hand this document to vendors, Decker suggested, and insist they meet the standards in the manual.

– Email phishing is especially effective. Know the threats that hackers deploy. Practices should conduct mock phishing attacks every month to train and educate employees.

– Other common defenses include the use of multifactor authentication for any internet-exposed systems, antivirus protection in all workstations and laptops, and immediately removing access for any employees who leave the practice. Other suggestions include backing up data from the system to remove the information off-site, and regularly updating servers, workstations, and laptops.

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