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Privacy and security primer: Tips from the April issue of Briefings on HIPAA

HIM-HIPAA Insider, April 13, 2015

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  1. Security programs must be comprehensive and dynamic. All administrative, physical, and technical controls required by HIPAA must be implemented and regularly reviewed.
  2. Having an incident response plan in place proves valuable regardless of the size of an organization or a breach. It must be regularly tested and retested to ensure employees are aware of the plan and how the plan works so updates can be made, if necessary.
  3. The Anthem breach should serve as a reminder of the importance of encrypting data. Although this may not have prevented the attack on the health insurer, this safeguard help secure data.
  4. Examine your systems to determine where your largest information storage areas are located and whether they are protected from sophisticated hackers through encryption and tools that block unauthorized transmission of data to outside entities.
  5. Ensure workforce members are familiar with the nature of phishing attacks, which hackers often use.
  6. Perform mock phishing exercises with workforce members to help them understand the nature of this type of attack so they know what to look for in their everyday work.

Continue reading "Privacy and security primer" on the HCPro website. Subscribers to Briefings on HIPAA have free access to this article in the April issue.

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