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Healthcare industry working on stronger cybersecurity standards

Medical companies are under cyberattack, and it's difficult to try to keep employee records, medical patient information, and other data secure.

Published Sun, Jun 15 2014 2:31 AM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

The medical industry is under increasing threat of cyberattacks, with hackers compromising patient records that can be sold on the black market. Medical identity theft amounted to 43 percent of identity theft cases, according to research released earlier this year, as security experts warn of sophisticated attacks.

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"Although you can't stop criminals from attempting a cyberattack, you can take several steps to reduce your risk of having your personal information stolen, misused, or deleted," according to Experiant Health. "Start by using strong passwords, avoiding malware and viruses, and protecting yourself against scams and security breaches."

Experiant urges the following practices: don't use the same password for multiple accounts; passwords should not be dictionary words; install antivirus security software; scan all drives for viruses or malware; never email personal information; and be careful not to click on links or download attachments from unknown/suspicious contacts.

To help better protect themselves, there are five other basic steps healthcare providers should consider: encrypt all sensitive data, educate employees, invest in cyber insurance, research cyber insurance before purchasing, and always be proactive in evaluating the cyber insurance policy.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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