The federal government's HIPAA notification requirements insist that certain kinds of security breaches be reported. To date, almost 400 such breaches have been documented under the requirements, and nearly 20 million Americans have learned that their personal data may have been compromised. Obviously, this is beneficial neither to the individuals nor to the businesses involved. However, what can be done to prevent such breaches in the future.
Some of the most essential elements to breach prevention are common sense IT solutions that can easily be implemented through a managed programs approach. One of the most essential items on any breach prevention checklist is to conduct regular tech audits or risk assessments so that issues and problems can be identified and solved before they become a major player in a breach event. With a managed programs approach, companies know they have dedicated staff that sole role in the organization is to take care of tech matters. Such staff will be able to run a regular schedule of risk assessments and take proactive steps in response to them.
Another absolute essential is to have a robust system for encrypting both mobile devices and portable media. HIPAA may not explicitly require this, but it provides businesses with an additional layer of protection against the hackers and cyber criminals that are attempting to access data that needs to remain private. Encryption is another responsibility that can be routed to managed programs staff so that regular employees do not see their daily workflow disrupted by the need to implement it for themselves.