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[SECURITY] 5 Tips for a CYBER-SECURED New Year

By Prime Care Tech Marketing on Sat, Dec 17, 2022 @ 01:24 PM

As we look toward 2023, it is important to look closely at the top cybersecurity trends. Keeping your operations secure protects your company and reputation as a trusted care and service provider. According to Forbes Magazine, Gartner analysts predict that 43 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be connected in 2023. Wearable health monitors and smart home security systems fall into this category.

With more connected devices, cybersecurity needs to be a priority for businesses especially as we enter another year of work-from-home employees sharing data across multiple devices. As devices and networking increase, so do potential points of entry for attackers.

Protecting electronic information and assets is particularly important for the healthcare industry. Here is our list of the top ways to keep your business secure.

  1. Password Manager - Encrypted 
  2. Multi-Factor Authentication 
  3. VPN use 
  4. Back up files to a Cloud
  5. Building a security-aware culture

Protecting your information begins with password management software. According to Security Magazine, the average business user has 191 online passwords. A non-business internet user has around 23. To protect yourself from security threats, explore tools designed to organize and protect your passwords across all websites and devices. 

As users access your resources and data, they require two forms of identification. This is known as Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), which effectively adds an extra layer of security.

In 2023, VPNs will be an increasingly important part of your cyber security landscape. VPN stands for “Virtual Private Network,” and it ensures you access the Internet via a server protected by a trusted IT vendor. This means your connection will pass through a VPN server, so it is encrypted, and your IP address is hidden before it gets to your internet service provider (ISP). This service is very beneficial when using public wi-fi as hackers, and criminals often use public servers to access personal information.

VPNs can also be applied at home for added security and privacy. For businesses and organizations, especially ones utilizing remote workers, a VPN for those using a company computer, or accessing company networks is a must. It ensures your employees use a secure connection to work no matter what wi-fi server they are on.

A fundamental part of security is knowing where to store the data you want to protect. In today's cyber landscape you have many options for file storage and backup.

The classic tried, and true backup method uses hardware such as a flash drive. An external hard drive can be used for many files requiring storage or protection.

If your data is shared with multiple parties, Dropbox or Google Docs might be options. However, in 2023, the best approach to secure data backup for businesses is using a secure cloud-based server. Your business likely has far too much information to store on a flash drive or even an external hard drive, and services like Google Docs and Dropbox are not optimized for the security a business needs.

Information stored on a cloud server is accessible across many different devices, which works well for organizations or businesses. Cloud backup is continuous and automatic, making new files and updates very accessible to anyone who needs it.

Last, but certainly not least, the most efficient way to protect a business or household from bad actors on the Internet is by creating and fostering a culture of security, applicable to anyone who may come into contact with sensitive material or use devices associated with said material.

Cyber security has expanded from solely an IT department concern to one that must be addressed and understood by all employees, regardless of technical skill. Providing education about the types of attacks one might incur while browsing or emailing, as well as the steps to mitigate them will keep you the most secure in the long run. Just remember, the first defense is education.

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[Security Tip!] What's MFA and Why's It Important?

By Prime Care Tech Security Team on Thu, Oct 21, 2021 @ 08:45 AM

Maintaining a strong security posture means being vigilant and aware of threats and vulnerabilities across the vast IT spectrum. An additional security layer to consider is multi-factor authentication (MFA). MFA is also known as two-factor authentication (2FA).

If cyber insurance is in your plans, you should know more and more insurance carriers require organizations to implement MFA before issuing a policy. Depending on the carrier, MFA may be required for web-based mail, system login, or even devices.

What exactly is MFA?

Multi-factor authentication protects against hackers by ensuring digital users are who they say they are. Users must provide two or more pieces of evidence (or factors) to verify their identity to access an app or digital resource. There are three main types of MFA:

  1. Things only you know (knowledge), such as a password or PIN
  2. Things only you have (possession), such as a badge, fob, or smartphone
  3. Things only you are (inherence), or biometric details such as fingerprints, retina, or voice

MFA blends at least two separate factors to verify it's actually you requesting access to your data.

Why is MFA important?

It makes stealing information much harder for the average criminal. Because MFA requires one more piece of information, in addition to user ID and password, it's likely hackers will choose someone else to target. It is a simple but powerful way to add an extra protection layer so only authorized users can access your data.

How do I obtain MFA?

Two common and effective MFA options are to install/use a client app on mobile phones or a key fob. Both receive a random number generated at regular intervals, usually 60 seconds, for users to enter along with a user ID and password. Prime Care Tech partners with MFA vendors and would be happy to help you connect.

Conclusion

MFA strengthens your security posture, making hacking into user accounts much more arduous. Even with MFA installed, you should not let your guard down! It takes effort and vigilance on the part of all staff members, particularly when it comes to email phishing attempts. Every organization must build a human firewall to prevent compromises to your data and systems.

Topics: primeCLOUD cyber security cyber insurance MFA multi-factor authentication user identification password
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McKnight's Recaps Key Points from April Cyber Webinar

By Prime Care Tech Marketing on Fri, Apr 30, 2021 @ 01:51 PM

In an April 19 article, Ransomware ‘bull’s eye’ grows, clouding telehealth’s rise in long-term care, McKnight's Long-Care News recapped suggestions from Prime Care Tech's Mark Owens.

  • Providers pursue a multipronged approach to data protection, with a "modern and managed firewall" with:
    • Geo-blocking to limit access to out-of-area attackers
    • Access that is restricted to specific users and departments
    • Backups that are stored on separate servers in different locations.
  • Facilities require repeated employee training about IT security, keeping in mind the going rate for resale of medical records is about $250 per record.

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Topics: Webinar cyber security cyber insurance ransomware mcknights ltc teleheath
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4/14 WEBINAR: SMB CYBER SECURITY ESSENTIALS WITH WILLIS TOWERS WATSON

By Prime Care Tech Marketing on Tue, Mar 16, 2021 @ 12:48 PM

Want to Avoid Cyber Sharks? Swim With The School.

Join Willis Towers Watson and Prime Care Tech for this April 14 webinar to get advice on cyber security essentials for small businesses.

Cost of cyber attacks

The cost of a cyber security event can be well into six figures – no matter what size your business is. The top causes...1) human error and 2) ransomware.

Industries impacted

The below industries reported the most cyber claims, but truly, any industry is vulnerable. 

  1. Healthcare
  2. IT and telecom
  3. Insurance
  4. Retail and wholesale
  5. Manufacturing

How can smaller businesses cost-effectively protect?

We've brought together experts in cyber insurance and technology to tell you. Here's our agenda:

  • Trending cyber risks
  • Introduction to cyber insurance
  • Must-have IT protection
  • Supplementing IT with cyber insurance

Webinar takeaways

Simple safeguards to reduce risk can include employee training, work laptop safety, safeguarding sensitive information, and cyber liability policies.

Get schooled on avoiding cyber sharks!

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Topics: cyber security cyber insurance small business medium business SMB
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[On-Demand Webinar] 3-Prong Preparation Strategy for HIPAA Audits

By Prime Care Tech Marketing on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 @ 11:20 AM

If you missed our January 17 webinar with experts from HIPAA OneWillis Towers Watson and Prime Care Technologies, you can download the resources below. Our solution partners offered timely tips on performing a risk analysis and how cyber insurance and key technologies can help protect you.

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Topics: cybersecurity HIPAA compliance HIPAA One HIPAA One Risk Assessment Willis Towers Watson cyber insurance

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