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5 Ways to Strengthen Your Cyber Security in 2022

Jan 17, 2022
With a growing number of critical vulnerabilities making headlines and the well-known importance of adhering to HIPAA regulations, cybersecurity is something many of us have been thinking about for a long time.
With a growing number of critical vulnerabilities making headlines and the well-known importance of adhering to HIPAA regulations, cybersecurity is something many of us have been thinking about for a long time. 
You know it’s a critical part of your business. You understand the legal repercussions of HIPAA violations. 
But you’re not always confident that you’ve really got all your bases covered. In fact, for many of us, this intimidating topic is a source of worry about what could go wrong next, and what you can do about it. 
There are several practical steps you can take to strengthen your organization’s cybersecurity and ensure you have employed all methods to safeguard your PHI (Protected Health Information) and other sensitive information in the coming year. Start here: 
#1 Understand that security is every employee’s job. Security isn’t solely the responsibility of your IT manager (if you have one!). Your entire company must join forces to be proactive in protecting your business. After all, safety vulnerabilities come in all shapes and sizes. Your security is only as good as an employee’s weakest password. 
#2 Educate your employees. Employees are the most critical component to keeping your company safe. They can be your strongest asset or the greatest threat. In fact, 85% of data breaches result from employee actions. But there’s hope: cyber security awareness training can reduce your risk by as much as 70%. In 2022, implement regular training and phishing tests (simulated, realistic messages that aim to get your users to reveal sensitive information or click on infectious links) to ensure employees are aware of risks and know what to watch for. 
#3 Recognize where attacks can take place. From your physical devices (think laptops, tablets, mobile devices, and even other items like digital printers) to your network, cloud, and the digital accounts of every individual who works for you, cyber security attacks can take place across a vast landscape. Learning about hacking – and how it may not look how you think, anymore – will help you put the right safeguards in place, including investing in antivirus and malware protection software.
#4 Engage a trusted technology partner. A third-party partner will serve as your advisor and sounding board. The right partner will provide crucial recommendations, act as an added layer of protection and provide incident response, should you ever need it.
#5 Make small changes for a great impact. Security can be daunting. Start with small but significant changes like setting up multi-factor authentication (MFA), which adds a layer of protection by sending an additional permission notification to your mobile device when you sign in. Another key method is known as “patching” in the tech world: updating the software code on a device to protect it from known cyber security intrusions. For us consumers, this simply means performing all regular updates on your devices. When you get that pesky pop-up on your computer, tablet, or phone to update to the latest version of an app or software, there’s a reason: hardware and software companies are constantly updating, improving, and optimizing to address cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Keeping your devices up-to-date ensures they’re well-protected against known issues. 
There’s never been a more critical time to heighten your cybersecurity. Make 2022 the year you do it. Interested in learning more about custom solutions to fit your technology needs? Contact your CPS 

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