5 Reasons to Hire an IT Support Firm
Updated: Feb 12
Who is monitoring your network to protect against unwanted intrusions,
and other threats to the confidentiality, integrity and availability of personal health information (PHI)? To be HIPAA compliant, it should be a professional IT Support firm that can put solutions in place to prevent:
Parking Lot Surfing: Cyber criminal sits in parking lot of facility and looks for open or vulnerable networks. Once access to a network is gained, access to every device connected on the network is in the hacker's control.
Visual Hacking: Could be achieved when a worker's log-in credentials are seen by a malicious party and used to access sensitive information or by snapping a photo on a cell phone of confidential company spreadsheets or presentations. It only takes one piece of visually hacked confidential information - like an employee's log-in credentials written on a piece of paper left on a desk or seen on a screen - to launch a large-scale data breach of customer information.
Social Engineering: A social engineer runs what used to be called a "con game." For example, a person using social engineering to break into a computer network might try to gain the confidence of an authorized user and get them to reveal information that compromises the network's security. Social engineers often rely on the natural helpfulness of people as well as on their weaknesses. They might, for example, call the authorized employee with some kind of urgent problem that requires immediate network access. Appeal to vanity, appeal to authority, appeal to greed, and old-fashioned eavesdropping are other typical social engineering techniques.
Ransomware Attacks: A type of malware which restricts access to the computer system that it infects, and demands a ransom paid to the creator(s) of the malware in order for the restriction to be removed.
Human Error: Policies and procedures are great, but the greatest risk to security remains people.
IT support is critical to the operations of your practice. And there are many functions to be addressed on a daily basis. But if your team is stretched too far and you want to arm them with outside professional IT services, contact us.
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