HIPAA TIP TUESDAY SQUARE

Do you know how old the servers are in your organization? Are they out of warranty? How about wireless access points, switches, firewalls, workstations and laptops? Many of these devices require firmware upgrades or replacement in order for them to remain secure.

As we all know, almost everything has a shelf life, including the equipment you need to run your business. Just as Windows XP support ended in 2014, Windows 7 support ended in January 2020, the same holds true for 2008-2012 servers and firewalls older than their supported life cycle. Big companies like Microsoft will announce their products end-of-life for years, and because so many people use them it becomes newsworthy. Smaller companies, however, can end a products life cycle and you may not be aware of it.

Work with your IT team to ensure equipment is up-to-date, receiving security updates and patches regularly, and safeguarding your Patients’ Protected Health Information (PHI).

Security and compliance are first and foremost in the management of our clients' systems. After conducting thousands of SRAs, common vulnerabilities began to emerge. We launched HIPAA Tip Tuesday to make clients aware of what actions they can take to address these vulnerabilities.

Have a great week!