HIPAA has given clear guidelines that need to be followed by every covered entity in order to safeguard protected health information. This includes ensuring that the data is not lost due to faults in the system or due to virus attacks. One new problem that the internet world today facing is that of Ransomware attacks. The rules and regulations for the HIPAA Ransomware Protection are also crystal clear. It is upto the healthcare organization to make sure that they make no mistakes.
Understanding the meaning of Ransomware Attacks:
This is a type of malware and it blocks access to the files and data in your system. The only way you can get back the access is by paying a ransom. This includes encryption ransomware which makes use of encryption algorithms and Locker ransomware where your system gets locked. There are a number of things that this malware can do. It can encrypt all types of files and it is not possible to break this encryption. It can also have an impact on the file names and it can even add different extensions to your files. It can affect all the systems that are connected by a common local network.
Details about how the system gets Attacked by Ransomware:
Most of the time the victim will receive an email which has an infected attachment or the victim may visit a web page which has a malicious link. The victim may download or open an attachment. The ransomware program gets downloaded on the system and the data gets encrypted. Then a warning about how to make the payments to get the encryption key pops up.
Make sure that you take your ransomware protection seriously!
Please ensure that you follow the HIPAA Ransomware Protection norms strictly. Make sure that you take regular back ups. Make sure that the operating system and software and tools that you use are updated on a regular basis. Do not use outdated plug ins and make sure that the browsers privacy and security settings are adjusted properly. Limit the access of the multiple users. Do not open emails and attachments from unknown sources. Make use of the different trusted anti-ransomware security tools. Make sure that you give proper training to your entire staff. They must understand the seriousness of ransomware. Remember that each and every staff member has to follow all the HIPAA rules properly if they do not want the ransomware menace to affect them.
Healthcare organizations know very well that they handle sensitive protected health information. Therefore, they need to make sure that there is no loss of sensitive data. Therefore, they have to ensure that they protect their systems and devices from attacks like ransomware and any kind of viruses and malicious malware. Keep in mind that if you fail to do this then you are not following the HIPAA guidelines and any loss of data can make you vulnerable to serious action. So in the online world, make sure that you take appropriate measures and stay safe.