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December 21, 2021

Detroit is known as the Motor City, due to the strong influence of the automotive industry. There are other industries that have thrived in Detroit as well. One such industry is the medical industry, an industry that continues to face challenges in particular due to COVID-19. Here are three services managed IT can offer to increase efficiencies and reduce costs.

Medical Centers Are at Risk of Cyberattacks

Detroit, like most big cities, continues to be the target of cybercriminals, due in no small part to its target-rich environment. While it still remains linked to its automotive past, Michigan has a variety of businesses and industries, including a robust healthcare industry. In fact, Michigan has over 130 hospitals, with 28 in Detroit alone.

It is well known that cybercriminals target hospitals, schools, and municipalities because they know that more often than not, they won’t have the level of cybersecurity they should have. Additionally, these organizations are likely to pay the ransom rather than risk losing their data and disrupting the care of their patients. Fortunately, there are steps a medical facility can take to protect their data, and the best method of doing so is to partner with a company that puts security first. Here are three reasons why.

Three Ways Managed IT Protects Medical Facilities

Permission Management. Hospitals and other medical facilities partner with a wide range of businesses and vendors. While these businesses need various levels of access to some of the hospital’s data, the danger lies when there are no restrictions on who can access what data.

More often than not, most serious breaches are due to compromised credentials, usually via phishing and other social engineering attacks. The process goes like this:

  • One of your vendors has access to your data.
  • The vendor isn’t following best cybersecurity practices and has become compromised, usually via a phishing attack.
  • The cybercriminal uses your vendor’s stolen credentials to gain access to your system or fool a team member to grant them access.
  • Your systems are locked out due to a ransomware attack.

The most effective method to prevent this from happening is to ensure that you have the correct access permissions at all levels of your organization. There is no reason for your linen company to have access to all of your staff’s email addresses. Yet, we repeatedly see organizations keeping all of their data in one bucket, with little to no way to manage who can access it.

Invest in Multifactor Authentication: The goal of 2FA (two-factor authentication) is to put another layer of security between your data and a cybercriminal. This makes it so your staff can’t log in to a device and access sensitive information without both their password and their mobile device or an authentication key. This is huge with physical devices, but it is even more critical with online portals and logins, such as webmail, or other cloud-based services.

While 2FA is an essential step, unfortunately, its effectiveness has come into question as cybercriminals find ways to overcome it. If you have data that must be secured, make sure that you are enforcing a tested, recommended 2FA solution across the whole user base.

Develop a Backup and Disaster Recovery Plan: It isn’t a matter of if you’re going to be a victim of a cyberattack, but when. Managed IT provides the services needed to reduce the possibilities of an attack being successful. The most powerful tool in the managed IT solutions toolbox for protecting yourself is a backup of all of your data. A backup is the one thing your business can do to prevent a ransomware attack from being successful. It can protect your data in case of disaster, whether natural or due to human error.

While you don’t want to rely on your backup to solve all of your future problems, it serves as a solid last resort. Healthcare providers still need to do everything in their power to prevent cyber threats, and we can help you with all of that.

Call Detroit’s IT Experts

We are dedicated to helping companies make the most of their technology. If you see your technology as a burden and not an asset, we can help show you how investing in your technology is an investment in growing your business and increasing your bottom line. Call 248.545.0800 today to learn more about managed IT.

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