6 Reasons You Need a Vulnerability Assessment

Published in Member Communities on Tuesday, November 13, 2018

No matter what security measures your organization has taken, you won’t really know the strength of your security systems until you have a trusted expert provide a thorough security analysis. Even if you have a robust defense, no one is immune from an attack. So, the question is, how vulnerable are you?

1. Security Breaches Are a High Cost

The cost of a security assessment is incredibly lower than the costs associated with a breach.

Particularly in health care, the costs are insurmountable at around $408 per patient record. This cost isn’t likely to decrease, as the cost of security breaches in all sectors steadily increases year after year.

An assessment is a precautionary measure for protection you hope to never need, but is necessary as hackers work around the world to get access to Protected Health Information. You want to know what you are doing right and what you can improve.

2. Basic Security Measures Are Not Enough

Trying to stay ahead of hackers is no easy feat. This is why firewalls and antivirus software are not enough protection against today’s cyber criminals. With every defensive move comes ten swift attacks. It’s important to have an in-depth analysis of all your devices, and software, to be sure that no holes are left vulnerable for the taking. Standard protections may put up a wall, but they are unable to truly scout out and eliminate weaknesses.

3. Protects Your Patients

You chose a career in health care because you want to improve the lives of others. You look out for their well-being, and that includes fulfilling the HIPAA promise. Your patients expect a safe place when they come to your organization for help. That is why it’s imperative we protect their private information even when they leave.

4. Protect Your Reputation

If your organization does not protect your patients’ private information, you may lose trust with the community. This can cause a threat to your livelihood in that a loss of trust translates to a loss of business. When your patients know that you are healing their ailments while also protecting their private information, they feel safe. When they trust you, they will spread the word to others they know. You can never underestimate the power of a good reputation and word of mouth.

5. Provides the Most Thorough Review

Even if you are conducting your own spot checks, there are so many potential threats that an expert may be the only one equipped to find them. The experts know what cyber criminals need, lock the doors on hackers and help ensure all of your systems are up to date with the latest defense systems. An assessment from an independent source outside of your IT department can objectively determine areas for improvement.

6. Keep Your Systems Safe AND Streamlined

Throughout the course of your software lifetime, you likely make updates to ensure your systems are as efficient and user-friendly as possible. The only negative side to this is that if you are not renewing the security protocols with each change, you may be opening your organization up to great risk.

Is it time for a vulnerability assessment for your organization? Reach out to learn more about a risk analysis.

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