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3 Crucial Pieces of Your HIPAA Compliance Strategy

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3 Crucial Pieces of Your HIPAA Compliance Strategy

If your work requires you to store medical data, you should be aware of how important your data security is, as a problem could potentially put your business at risk of closing up shop permanently. Security has to be a priority with so many regulations setting compliance standards that must be followed. How can you balance the effectiveness of your business without undermining its security?

Regulations like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) cause your business to have to work to remain compliant. However, this work becomes easier if you position your data storage strategy to meet these regulations. We’ll go over some steps you can take to optimize your basic business security.

1. Encrypt your Data

While, HIPAA doesn’t dictate that your business data be encrypted, you should still not ignore the value of encryption. When data is encrypted, it is scrambled so that it can only be properly viewed only with an encryption key. A solid, military-grade encryption should be enough to discourage the average hacker.

2. Implement Front-End User Security

Would you rather stop an attack before it affects you, or wait until your infrastructure has been compromised? With proper front-end user security measures such as firewalls or email filters, these first lines of defense will filter out incoming malicious links and attachments sent your way.

3. Restrict User Access Based on Roles

As Uncle Ben once told Spiderman, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Unfortunately, the safety and security of a whole network comes to it’s weakest link. Therefore, limiting a user’s access to the tools they need to complete their work will reduce vulnerability. This is especially important in an industry that is as data-heavy as healthcare, with records as extensive as medical ones are.

If your business handles sensitive information about clients such as medical records, take action and improve the security of your data. Stay HIPPA-compliant and protected with Quikteks Tech Support. Give us a call at (973) 882-4644 to learn more.