The security of personal information is critical, especially when it comes world of healthcare. Cyber-attacks don’t just happen to large corporations, they happen to growing companies, too. One of the top worries of business owners (no matter the size of their business) is cyber-security. You can cross that worry off your list because Decisely has got you covered. Keep reading to discover how you can keep your entire business secure and compliant.
Data Privacy vs Data Security
Let’s start by defining the difference between data privacy and data security. Data privacy is defined as the “correct” use of data. When companies (such as Decisely or other healthcare brokers) receive information that is entrusted to them, we can legally only use the information for agreed purposes (e.g. to provide benefit plans). In a nutshell, this means we would never sell or disclose your team’s information to any third party.
You might be thinking, I have a small company. Is my business really a potential target for cyber-attacks? Let’s think of why a hacker might want your data in the first place, specifically your health-related info. Personal health information (PHI) contains the necessary information for identity theft, potential intellectual property, etc. Many hackers view the end game as a cat-and-mouse situation. However, the proper security and encryptions ensure even the best hackers can’t access the information.
1. Choose the right employee(s) to have proper authorization.
2. Ensure PHI is safe.
It’s the law. The law itself is simple — keep PHI private and secured at all times. However, the way you choose to implement it might be different. Some companies keep their files in a locked filing cabinet inside a locked room. Some set up an alarm code. Others install doors with combination locks.
Other basic steps to take include:
- All employees should have their own personal password for their computers.
- Access to PHI should be limited by your software, and only given to those that are authorized.
- When sending PHI via email, encrypt the message.
3. Implement an office policy and training for your staff.
It’s important to note that many companies cannot protect their information on their own (hence the need for physical and technical safeguards). What we prioritize at Decisely is constant vigilance, consistent security updates and risk assessments, the highest level of security and encryption, and specific policies that detail who has access to certain information.
You, your team’s, and your clients’ personal information is private. It should stay that way. By following the tips in this article, you can prevent cyber crime and keep your data protected, safe, and secure.