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January 2017, Vol. 5, No. 1

Learn how to detect cyberattacks and prevent them

With ransomware attacks increasing 300% in little more than a year -- from 1,000 daily attacks in 2015 to 4,000 in early 2016, according to a U.S. government interagency report -- it's no wonder cybersecurity is top-of-mind for many health IT professionals. While it's important to train and educate healthcare employees on best practices to keep the organization secure, "we're not going to solve this issue just by educating our workforce," said Mac McMillan, co-founder and CEO of CynergisTek Inc., a healthcare IT consulting firm in Austin, Texas. The right technologies to prevent, detect, resist and recover from an attack are essential to maintaining security and keeping a healthcare organization up and running. Technology to prevent cyberattacks Using effective technologies to detect cyberattacks is important, but security professionals say healthcare organizations need to use technologies designed to prevent attacks as well. Many good technology options are available to do just that. Multifactor authentication. McMillan advised...

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