Upgrade the Way You Manage HIPAA Compliance and Cybersecurity

Better understand how HIPAA compliance and cybersecurity are connected. Learn tips for improving your office cybersecurity for optimal service for patients.  

As you strive to hit those HIPAA compliance milestones, keep cybersecurity in the front of your focus. A major component of achieving HIPAA compliance is providing safe and secure access to documents. That’s a problem, though, because compliance does not guarantee cybersecurity outright. Here at EPC IT Solutions, learn more about what you need to do to make sure your office is both HIPAA compliant and cyber-secure.

Cybersecurity for Backup Data

Along with maintaining your HIPAA records digitally, take stock of key areas of your cyber network to ensure security. You want to start by conducting a routine backing up your data. If you are using cloud storage for data management, this is even more paramount due to the cybersecurity risk. Once you have developed a data backup system, back up data consistently on a set schedule.

To ensure the data is not corrupt or missing, perform system maintenance and spot checks routinely. You also need to install safeguarding measures to protect the backup data. This includes encrypting data, updating password methods, and increasing layers of security to the system.

Encrypting Data

Once you have backup data in the cloud, that data needs to be encrypted. Encryption is important for data that is being stored in the cloud and data that is being sent electronically. The reason for encryption is to format the data into an unreadable language. This way in case there is a cyberattack, there is no concern about unauthorized access.

Two-Step Password Protection

Here you will want to utilize the password feature to further inhibit access to the data. You may also consider a two-step authentication for password protection. Then users are required to use two separate steps and access codes for logging on to the cloud storage system. This protects against hackers and also against the risk that someone might accidentally leave one password written down or available to someone.

Layered Data Security

Along with encryption, there are a number of other data security methods you should be utilizing. A firewall is the most common method of security, but depending on your company’s needs, you may also need to implement intrusion detection features. This protects against unauthorized use of data and information theft—both of which are disasters for any HIPAA compliance record keeping.

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