According to David Holtzman, Vice President of Compliance Strategies at CynergisTek, patient privacy isn’t possible unless the healthcare organization is also working toward cybersecurity. Holtzman acknowledged that some medical practices, especially the smaller ones, often don’t have the fiscal resources necessary to invest in cybersecurity technologies. Holtzman believes that the most effective technologies a healthcare organization can implement to protect its network are the following:

Next Generation Firewalls: Next generation firewalls are capable of identifying malicious content before it reaches the end user. Therefore, having next generation firewalls at the perimeter of your network will keep malicious content and attachments out of organizational emails.

Restrict Access: Two-factor authentication and administrator privileges can make it difficult for hackers to gain access to your organization’s system. Additionally, if someone needs enhanced access to your network to complete a task, Holtzman recommends providing them with a one-time key so that after the activity is completed the key expires.

Advanced Malware Detection: Advanced malware detection technologies are capable of reading the network and information traffic so that malicious content is reviewed or stopped altogether.