Enterprise risk management is becoming more of a priority for healthcare organizations. Not only would a healthcare breach pose devastating financial consequences to an organization’s patients, it can also demolish the company’s reputation.

Performing a security risk assessment to your healthcare IT network can be an effective way to combat would-be hackers and support enterprise risk management efforts.

The Purpose of a Security Risk Assessment

There are no regulations that dictate specifically how a healthcare organization should control their network, just that they are required to somehow control and secure them in some way. Security infrastructure is in the hands of each organization, and so is the burden of proof that companies have done their part in prioritizing security.

A security risk assessment plays an integral role in providing proof of these initiatives. This process should identify, assess, and implement security and control in your organization’s applications and the network itself. It should also look for ways to prevent security deficiencies.

Conducting a security risk assessments allows organizations to look at their company’s applications from the viewpoint of a potential attacker. This process allows organizations to better allocate resources and make informed decisions when implementing new measures.

Where Does the Responsibility of Security Lie?

Historically, it has been the responsibility of network or IT staff to decrease security risk, since these are the individuals most familiar with setting up a secure infrastructure. Also, network security and control have generally required no input or oversight from other departments of an organization.

Times are changing, though, and this approach is limited, at best.

Systems are increasing in complexity along with the dependence on third-party providers. To best utilize IT resources, approaching security risk assessment at the enterprise level can give a more comprehensive look into IT operations.

The results of the security risk assessments should indicate to an organization’s leadership where resources are most needed in order to maintain network security and control. It is, therefore, the responsibility of all stakeholders and leaders to take an active role in analyzing the type of data stored within the organization, the value of the data, and place technology resources where they’re most needed.

Solving Problems Through Security Risk Assessments

When conducted correctly, routine security risk assessments can solve a number of issues within a healthcare organization:

Identify Assets

Security assessment risks should uncover all assets that could pose a security risk. This includes any servers, applications, networks, data centers, and other tools. This gives companies a 360-degree view on where potential threats could come from.

Measure Risk

Security risk assessments should identify the type of data it stores and what is most at risk for compromisation. This allows organizations to determine the value of its data and what is required to protect it.

Control Risk

Assessment results provide a clear way for organizations to mitigate risk based on data. Companies can apply control measures that help to combat risk for better security.

Conducting Ongoing Risk Assessments Is Key

Security risk assessments are never a one-and done project. As new systems, applications, and data enter your organization, an ongoing effort to protect your organization is necessary. Roxiticus Health IT recommends conducting an assessment at least once every other year to maintain the highest level of security possible.

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