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5 Ways to Improve Your Cybersecurity

Are you following these safe and easy tips?

October 18, 2021

During Cybersecurity Awareness Month, HAP urges everyone to protect themselves and their organizations from phishing, ransomware, and other digital threats.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, cybersecurity remains a top priority for health care. Last year, the federal government issued a Joint Cybersecurity Advisory warning of the “increased and imminent cybercrime threat” for hospitals related to ransomware attacks, data theft, and disruption of health care services.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month raises awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and “the central role that cybersecurity plays in our national security and economy.”

“Any disruption, corruption, or dysfunction of our vital infrastructure can have a debilitating effect on national and economic security, public health, and our everyday safety,” a recent White House proclamation said.

This year, the awareness event carries the theme: “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” HAP and other organizations are highlighting these commonsense tips to keep your data and information safe:

  • Enable multi-factor authentication for all accounts and devices
  • Make sure your passwords are long and complex. Never share them
  • If you’re unsure who an email is from, do not respond and do not click on any links or attachments
  • Be mindful of the details you share on social media and the importance of online privacy. Check your app permissions, and delete those you no longer use
  • Be wary of public wireless hotspots at hotels, airports, and cafes

A recent case study from HAPevolve partner Withum highlights efforts to protect a large hospital and health care system from an international cyberattack. Learn more during an upcoming webinar on the topic.

Additional resources about Cybersecurity Awareness Month are available online.

For more information, contact Jason Tomashunas, MS, CHEP, HAP’s manager, emergency management.