Recent news related to healthcare providers becoming targets of highly sophisticated malware leaves many care partners wondering if their organization could be at risk and what associated entities are doing to mitigate the threats. Pharmacy Network Services relies heavily on its investment in technology to provide cutting edge services and knowledge to its long-term care clients. As such, the organization takes the security of its systems seriously. In addition to providing client facilities with relevant and timely clinical and regulatory information, Pharmacy Network Services is pleased to provide the tips below to assist clients with minimizing the threat of malware.
Every organization must ensure its IT systems are regularly updated. Microsoft security updates are released on the second Tuesday of each month (Patch Tuesday).
If legacy, now unsupported version of Windows are in use, consider upgrading immediately.
Good network security practice dictates removing or disabling unnecessary services to reduce the potential attack surface.
Regularly backup critical data and ensure that ransomware cannot spread to backup files.
Ransomware can take time to encrypt large volumes of files, particularly across a network share. It is imperative to ensure the back-up window is long enough to go back before any infection begins.
Implement policies and procedures that prohibit unauthorized users and devices from accessing workstations and networks.
Use secure password procedures – use different passwords for all services & sites that are complex and refrain from using simple words found in the dictionary. Change passwords routinely and never share your passwords with other users. Also, do not store password information in insecure text documents or contact managers.