Hospitals, healthcare clinics, and doctors offices are full of some of the most sensitive, valuable information. Data breaches are part and parcel of living in the information age. While no security infrastructure can make a facility totally impervious to security threats, there are a few steps that they can take to minimize their exposure.
There are many solutions for protecting data across networks. Managed IT services take an enormous stress off of individual facilities for the maintenance of data systems. Best practices for passwords and secure consoles will go a long way towards deterring opportunistic threats. Unfortunately, no amount of cybersecurity can protect facilities if motivated thieves can obtain physical access to workstations. Physical security has to be added to your information security regiment. Consider some of the following solutions beyond or in addition to cyber insurance.
According to ADT Defenders, modern video surveillance systems detect motion…and send a notification to your phone keeping you updated throughout the day. This puts it far and above the video tech of the past. You can now have peace of mind that if anything happens, you will be able to see it and know about it instantly.
Glass Break Sensors
Video cameras and motion sensors can't always tell when the glass is broken. You need another solution. There are sensors you can have installed in your security system that will go off if the glass is broken. They way they work is by detecting the noise frequency of glass breaking. They can be tied to your alert system so you get a notification and also to the emergency services lines.
Even if you have notifications to your phone about the clinic, you can't be everywhere at once. That's why hiring a monitoring company to keep an eye on your security system can be a big help. They will watch it 24/7 to keep the bad guys out and the police on call.
You don't want someone to be able to break into the clinic simply by ramming a large vehicle through doors or a wall. If you don't reinforce it though, it could happen. You need to install special technology that prevents cars from entering the building or simply build concrete blocks in front of vulnerable areas. The small investment you make in this will pay off in prevented theft or other crimes.
Even the best of your staff can forget sometimes. Your locks are only useful if they are used. To avoid human error, have automatic locking technology that keeps all entrances locked unless someone manually changes it. This protects everyone from intruders.
Most hospitals rely on orderlies and other staff to restrain unruly patients or remove intruders, but this is only a scalable solution for the staff acting in this role have had security training. Hiring a full-time, professional security staff is a must if your facility keeps enough information to make it a target. This is even more of a concern in urban environments with higher crime rates.
When it comes to being able to provide the best security for your patients, staff, and sensitive patient data, you need to be vigilant. Technology is moving at a rapid pace and you must use the best solutions available to keep up with criminals.
Investing in security technology can often net you a discount or lower rate for insurance. Talk to one of our risk advisors today to see how you can reduce your risk and increase your business's profitability.