The convenience of digital technology offers a wide array of benefits and risks. Technology has opened many doors for senior living providers to advance care, reduce costs and improve their residents’ experience. However, when left unprotected, technology has also opened the door to new risks.
Senior living cybersecurity is of growing importance in the industry. There are outside attacks; breaches due to poorly formulated policy; and data loss due to equipment failure, negligence, or insider threats. These and a wide variety of other factors have contributed to a new landscape of concern. As a result, cybersecurity is at the heart of a senior living facility’s success. Unfortunately, senior housing is woefully unprepared to address these cybersecurity threats. A strong security apparatus will require each employee to play a role. No longer just a function IT, cybersecurity is an important component of each employee’s job. What role do you play?
Senior living is evolving into a highly technical and heavily regulated industry. As baby boomers retire, and the industry continues to grow, it has become apparent that a locked cabinet for patient files is not longer enough to protect Personal Health Information (PHI). Traditionally, it was believed that senior living was at lesser risk of a cybersecurity attack. However, recent years have shown that it is a primary target, and the senior living industry is not prepared to combat an attack. When a community faces a large security breach or challenge, not only is there a risk to reputation and patient trust, but also a risk of heavy government fines. Here are 4 security challenges facing senior living communities today:
Cybercrime is an abstract term which has developed a specific narrative. Most often, cybercrime relates to the pursuits of criminal enterprise. So generally, there is an expectation that an incident or series of incidents are effects from organized criminal activity.
As Director of Information Security & Compliance at Keystone, Montez Fitzpatrick works every day to be sure that clients and the public are aware of new and threatening security vulnerabilities. Montez has recently updated Keystone clients and staff on a potential threat.
By Ben Nolen, Vice President of Technology, Keystone IT