What the Hack?

March 18, 2014

You’ve heard about them – lots of data lost, customer information, patient records, Social Security numbers, passwords, etc. Millions of records are lost in any given year. It’s no longer a question of if, but when are you going to be hacked.

Who should you be worried about? It’s not just external threats – your biggest threat comes from within. The Ponemon Institute just released its latest report on Patient Privacy & Data Security, you can read it here . It’s not always malicious behavior, it’s the inadvertent losses that come from employee carelessness that can wreak the most havoc.

So, what can you do? Are you going to throw your hands in the air and give up, of course not. It’s your data – take control! Put in place policies that limit excessive access; identify owners of data and have them authenticate access. Make employees aware that what they possess is of great importance and highly valuable – they should know that they hold your reputation in their hands.

Worry about what you can control – and that’s a lot. By setting up good policies and practices you can limit any hack – whether internal or external.

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