On Tuesday, October 11, I returned to 580 WCHS’s Ask the Expert radio show to talk to the audience about the importance of data security. I took advantage of this opportunity to speak about the great risks of having your data unsecured and how you can find yourself in some serious trouble if you are not properly protected. More specifically, we discussed Advantage Technology’s Data Security Risk Assessment and how dedicated we are to addressing data security needs.
The show began by touching base on the different cybercrime stories and how we take data security seriously. Security is so important to us, we have hired a security expert.
Careers have been destroyed, and businesses have crumbled due to breaches in security and no matter the industry, your customers deserve to feel like their data is protected and we are here to help.
You can hear the entire show below or get it directly from SoundCloud.
Data And HIPPA Compliance
If you take a look here, we address data security and HIPAA, which stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Healthcare related data is especially at risk because it can be more valuable to a criminal than your credit card.
Surprised? Don’t be.
Let’s say, for example, a medical provider’s system gets hacked. All of that personal information is out there for criminals to cash out on and this data can include things like billing information, birth dates, diagnosis codes, and even prescriptions themselves. Criminals can use this to create fake IDs or purchase prescription drugs for resale purposes. So, as a medical provider, it is crucial to ensure you are compliant with HIPAA and to be sure that your data is protected.
The Data Security Risk Assessment
After discussing the different negative scenarios that are possible when data is unsecured, we talked more in depth about what you can do to for protection. Advantage Technology developed the Data Security Risk Assessment as an affordable way to help companies get started with their data protection.
We recommend things like encryption. If you’re unsure about what that means, encryption is basically a lock on your files, emails, and other data. I brought a few examples of encryption and mentioned how the government used only Blackberry mobile devices for years due to the fact that they automatically encrypted their emails.
This assessment has two levels, gold and platinum, and both of these options include evaluations concerning networks, staff, policies and procedures, and recommendations. The Data Security Risk Assessment isn’t just a computer assessment; it makes sure all of your data is secure. This includes locks on doors and file cabinets as well as the digital side of things. The assessment is a cultural approach to protecting everything your company sends out and receives.
Give Us A Call
As times change, we must adjust how we protect our data and security should always be taken seriously. If you are in the healthcare industry and you need to prove your efforts for HIPAA compliance, or, if you are just concerned that you are not doing enough to protect your data at your business, the Data Security Risk Assessment is an affordable way to ensure data is properly defended. Once you give us a call at 866-793-8232, we will perform the assessment and give you everything you need to do right away to get on the path to full protection.