The healthcare industry has seen a 51% increase in breaches and leaks since 2019. These days, it’s really not a question of if your organization will experience a cyberattack, but when. And when an incident occurs, it’s already too late to develop the procedures, reports, responsibilities, legal protocols, and communications strategy that will allow you to properly manage the incident and recover. Without an incident response plan (IRP), you may not even discover an attack in the first place. Or, if an attack is detected, your team may struggle to contain damage, eradicate the attacker’s presence and recover in a secure fashion. Without a proper response, the attacker may have a far greater impact, cause more damage, infect more systems and potentially steal more sensitive data than would be possible with an effective IRP in place. It doesn’t have to be that scary. When thinking about incident response, ask yourself these questions:
  • Does your organization have a defined process for tracking and managing security incidents and breaches?
  • Can your organization fulfill its reporting obligations for security incidents and breaches?
  • Does your organization provide its staff members with a way to anonymously report a security incident or breach?
To properly protect your business—and your data—you need to develop and document a process that defines standard procedures, roles, duties, and key management personnel with decision-making authority. Define organization-wide standards for employees to report suspicious events to the incident response team, the approved methods for such reporting and the kind of information that should be included in the report. Document third-party contact information to be used to report a security incident, such as law enforcement, relevant government departments, vendors and Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) partners. Also, incorporate the incident-response process into your organization’s security awareness training program so that all employees are familiar with it. To keep employees vigilant and aware of new security threats, conduct recurring mock incident response exercises and include employees who have roles in the response process. These can be conducted as tabletop exercises for hypothetical scenarios and should help participants maintain awareness and comfort in responding to real-world threats. Exercises should test communication channels, decision making and the incident responders’ technical capabilities using the tools and data available to them. Practicing incident response in this manner is a great way to keep your employees sharp and ready to jump into action should a real security incident materialize. Security gaps? We’ve got you covered. Don’t know where you stand when it comes to security? We’ve got you covered. Our security experts have the knowledge and experience to help healthcare organizations like yours reach and maintain full compliance. We perform a comprehensive analysis of your technology and cybersecurity environment, a review of potential cybersecurity gaps and compliance risks and then help you build a plan customized for your organization with actionable steps to help mitigate risks and protect employees and your data. Increase compliance, security and peace of mind with Corsica. Schedule your personal consultation today. In the Fort Wayne, Indiana area and want to talk about security in person? Reserve a spot at our upcoming cybersecurity event, Mission: Secure.
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