With the risk of a cyber security breach increasing on a daily basis, below are some tips that will help a practice owner maintain the security that they need in order to protect safeguard data.
Plan for the Unexpected
❒ Unless your confidential data is totally disconnected from the internet, you must install a firewall to protect against intrusions from outside sources.
❒ Software firewalls are included with some popular operating systems, providing protection at the installation stage.
❒ Alternatively, separate firewall software is widely available from computer security developers.
❒ Large practices that use a Local Area Network (LAN) should consider a hardware firewall.
❒ A hardware firewall sits between LAN and the Internet, providing centralized management of firewall settings.
Install and Maintain Anti-virus Software
❒ Use an anti-virus product that provides continuously updated protection against viruses, malware, and other code that can attack your computers through web downloads, CDs, email, and flash drives.
❒ Keep anti-virus software up-to-date.
❒ Most anti-virus software automatically generates reminders about these updates, and many are configurable to allow for automated updating.
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