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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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Topics: primeCLOUD cyber security cyber insurance cyber threats
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[Tech Tip!] Cloud Craze: Are You a CIO Worried About Cloud ROI?

By Prime Care Tech Marketing on Sat, Nov 12, 2022 @ 09:15 AM

With today's rising costs, healthcare facilities must keep a tight grasp on their budgets! With that said, there's a trend of news articles suggesting CIOs are not seeing ROI from moving to cloud-based services.

 

But MedCityNews is debunking this, reminding us that change is neither easy nor cheap. In their article, Debunking Cloud Cost and ROI Hogwash for Healthcare, they explain how the cloud is in fact revolutionizing healthcare systems, delivering both cost and time savings. 

 

In another article from Becker's Hospital Review, 'Cloud projects are powering forward': Health system CIOs on cloud spending amid economic pressures, Scott Arnold, Executive Vice President and CIO of Tampa General Hospital, says “We don't view cloud service as a 'nice to have' or unnecessary expense.” 

 

Why? Because hospitals and healthcare facilities need to move EHRs around while storing patient data in a secure location. The cost to provide a facility with all the on-site equipment and energy for this would easily equal or trample the cost of an IT-provided cloud service that provides cybersecurity, resilience, agility, and scalability. 

 

The takeaway here is to have patience in seeking ROI from conversion to cloud-based services – and to strategically plan how and when you might embark upon this. But it is a necessary adaptation to meet the healthcare industry's critical and fast-changing needs.

 

"Cloud power is what drives the rapid digital innovation we see across pretty much every other industry — and it enables healthcare organizations to solve increasingly complex problems more affordably, quickly, and reliably."

 

Our primeCLOUD team can help by providing you with the strategy, security, cost control, operational efficiency, reliability, and agility to maximize your IT performance. Get in touch to strategize your transition to cloud-based services.

Topics: interoperability Long-Term Post-Acute Care primeCLOUD private cloud cyber security managed IT services operational efficiency hybrid cloud
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[Security Tip] Recent Threats Summarized for Aug to Oct 2022

By Prime Care Tech Office of Compliance on Fri, Nov 04, 2022 @ 04:49 PM

Each week our security team tracks threats, vulnerabilities, and patches announced by leading IT experts and vendors to ensure we prioritize, address, and communicate them to our managed IT services clients.

Below you'll find our recap of events they addressed in the last few months. To check previous reports, see 2022 Security Threats.

If you're not a client, make sure your team knows about these security events, as well as future ones. Just click below to sign up. 

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High Impact

Company/Source Product Type
Microsoft Multiple Security updates (Aug, Sep, Oct 2022)
Microsoft Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, 2016, and 2019 Mitigations for zero-day vulnerabilities exploited in the wild
VMware vSphere Guidance for VirtualPITA, VirtualPIE, and VirtualGATE Malware Targeting

 

Medium Impact

Company/Source Product Type
Adobe Acrobat and Reader Security updates (Aug & Sep 2022
Meta Platforms WhatsApp PuTTY SSH Client used to deploy backdoors and establish communication
Fortinet Multiple Urgent patch for critical auth bypass bug
VMware Multiple Security updates (Aug 2022)

 

Low Impact

Company/Source Product Type
Apple Multiple Security updates (Sep 2022)
Mozilla Firefox, Firefox ESR, and Thunderbird Security updates (Aug & Sep 2022)

 

No Impact on Our Clients/FYI

Company/Source Product Type
Cisco Secure Web Appliance Security updates
Cisco Multiple Security updates (Oct 2022)
Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Managers Out-of-band security update
Mozilla Thunderbird Security updates (Sep & Oct 2022)

 

As part of our primeCLOUD services suite, we partner with leading IT vendors to offer security services like ransomware protection, phishing training, multi-factor authorization (MFA), data backup/recovery, and more.

If you're not confident your organization is on top of security threats, vulnerabilities, and patches, it may be time to conduct a cyber security audit.

Conduct Self-Audit Now

Or better, get in touch and let us walk you through critical items for your security checklist.

 

Topics: primeCLOUD cyber security security vulnerabilities security patches security threats
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[Security Tip] July Security Threats Summarized

By Prime Care Tech Security Team on Thu, Aug 04, 2022 @ 12:23 PM

Each week our security team tracks threats, vulnerabilities, and patches announced by leading IT experts and vendors to ensure we prioritize, address, and communicate them to our managed IT services clients.

Below you'll find our monthly recap of all events. To check previous reports, see 2022 Security Threats.

If you're not a client, make sure your team knows about these security events, as well as future ones. Just click below to sign up. 

KEEP ME UPDATED

 

High Impact

Company/Source Product Type
Google Chrome Security updates

 

Medium Impact

Company/Source Product Type
Microsoft Multiple Security updates
(July  2022)

 

Low Impact

Company/Source Product Type
Apple Multiple Security updates

 

No Impact on Our Clients/FYI

Company/Source Product Type
Cisco Multiple Security updates
Citrix Hypervisor Security updates
Open SSL Multiple Security updates
Oracle Multiple Security updates

 

As part of our primeCLOUD services suite, we partner with leading IT vendors to offer security services like ransomware protection, phishing training, multi-factor authorization (MFA), data backup/recovery, and more.

If you're not confident your organization is on top of security threats, vulnerabilities, and patches, it may be time to conduct a cyber security audit.

Conduct Self-Audit Now

Or better, get in touch and let us walk you through critical items for your security checklist.

Topics: primeCLOUD cyber security security vulnerabilities cyber criminals security patches security threats
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[Security Tip] June Security Threats Summarized

By Prime Care Tech Security Team on Tue, Jul 05, 2022 @ 04:20 PM

Each week our security team tracks threats, vulnerabilities, and patches announced by leading IT experts and vendors to ensure we prioritize, address, and communicate them to our managed IT services clients.

Below you'll find our monthly recap of all events. To check previous reports, see 2022 Security Threats.

If you're not a client, make sure your team knows about these security events, as well as future ones. Just click below to sign up. 

KEEP ME UPDATED

 

High Impact

Company/Source Product Type
Microsoft Multiple Workaround guidance for MSDT Follina vulnerability

 

Medium Impact

Company/Source Product Type
CISA Multiple Recommended mitigations for Karakurt Data Extortion Group
Citrix Application Delivery Management Security update
Google Chrome Security updates
(June 10 and 22)
Microsoft Multiple Security updates
(June  2022)

 

Low Impact

Company/Source Product Type
Mozilla Firefox, Firefox ESR, Thunderbird Security updates

 

No Impact on Our Clients/FYI

Company/Source Product Type
Adobe Multiple Security updates
Atlassian Confluence Server and Data Center Security updates (CVE-2022-26134)
CISA Multiple Security updates
Cisco Multiple Security updates
Drupal Multiple Security updates
SAP Multiple Security updates

 

As part of our primeCLOUD services suite, we partner with leading IT vendors to offer security services like ransomware protection, phishing training, multi-factor authorization (MFA), data backup/recovery, and more.

If you're not confident your organization is on top of security threats, vulnerabilities, and patches, it may be time to conduct a cyber security audit.

Conduct Self-Audit Now

Or better, get in touch and let us walk you through critical items for your security checklist.

Topics: primeCLOUD cyber security security vulnerabilities cyber criminals security patches security threats

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