January 28 is Data Privacy Day and data security is also one of the most prominent issues for human resources in 2019. Evolving technologies make data protection continuously more difficult, yet the enforcement of data protection laws, such as HIPAA, has not lessened. To help your company’s data stay private and avoid potential HIPAA violations, note the following cybersecurity strategies.
Train employees on cybersecurity
As users on your system, employees must be well-versed in preventing a data breach. It could be useful to host a training session or provide an online program to teach employees about proper data protection etiquette.
This training could cover how to spot suspicious communications or phishing scams. It could also discuss proper procedures for sending and receiving sensitive information. Without the appropriate knowledge, employees could unknowingly make your company’s network unsecure or share private data.
Use updated security software
Security software such as firewalls and anti-virus software will help prevent data breaches. However, with new scams and hacking trends emerging regularly, it’s also necessary to keep your software updated for it to be equipped with the latest protections.
Another security option is biometric authentication methods, such as fingerprints. These methods further reduce the chance of a data breach by ensuring only approved individuals are accessing private data.
Make sure all employees and customers understand the measures your company takes to protect private data. Transparency will establish trust with your customers and help employees recognize their role in protecting company and customer data.
For more information on Data Privacy Day, click here. If you have any questions about data security or HIPAA, call Bukaty Companies at 913.345.0440 and ask to speak to Mary Amundsen, Data Privacy and Security Officer.