How to Conduct a Security Assessment of Your Healthcare Network
If you’re concerned about keeping your patient data safe and secure, you only need to answer two questions:
First, do you feel your network is as secure as it can be?
And second, would you be willing to bet your company on that answer?
These days, you can never be too careful, especially if you have an ever-evolving team of employees and vendors accessing your network. In fact, PwC reveals that 30% of security incidents are created by current employees, contractors, and suppliers.
Network security is an ongoing challenge, and conducting regular security assessments can give you your best chance of finding flaws in your network before someone else does.
These four ideas are a great place to start:
#1 – Review Your Entire Infrastructure for Vulnerabilities
This can be a major chore, but it’s absolutely necessary you understand the various components of your network and how they interact with each other. It’s a good idea to document your network’s entire infrastructure so you can better analyze it and refer back to it during future assessments.
This review should include a comprehensive look at ports, protocols, security features, and other components that could leave your data vulnerable.
It’s also smart to document any issues you find so that you can review your efforts over time and prove your assessments are effective.
#2 – Assess Your Network Access Policies
Though they may not realize it, your employees could be putting your network at risk. PwC reveals that 30% of security incidents are created by current employees, contractors, and suppliers.
You likely have procedures and processes in place regarding network access and use terms. For example, you might have rules in place about plugging in flash drives or sharing login information. These policies should be reviewed and updated at least annually to ensure employees and other partners understand their responsibilities.
It’s also a good idea to conduct annual training on network and data security to keep the topic fresh in their minds. As employees leave your organization and news one come in, it’s too easy to lose that culture of safe data practices.
#3 – Review Your Network as an Outsider
Understanding how outsiders might be trying to access your network can give you a different perspective on security. Try to access it as an outsider might and see what kind of information your network requests to grant access.
Go through every process, such as requesting a new password or retrieving your username. Note what messages appear, if the system locks you out, if it requires two-factor authentication, or any other pertinent piece that could affect your security.
How to Make Network Security Assessments Part of Your Strategy
Getting in the habit of conducting network assessments is the best way to prevent challenges before they become costly issues. Roxiticus has developed a suite of HIPAA-compliant IT solutions for healthcare organizations to reinforce their network security and help them better store and manage data.
Interested in learning more? Contact us today for a free security assessment.