Managed IT services providers in Atlanta are held legally responsible if clients they serve are subject to a data breach which violates HIPAA regulations. Clever cybercriminals always find ways around existing security protocols to siphon off funds and information. As such, even the thickest regulation book has some level of compromise to avoid fiscal penalties, as the method of a breach is often unknown until the time it impacts a business.
Still, regulators are constantly trying to cover every contingency. This means new regulations are added all the time. If your healthcare facility isn't up to date, you could face tens of thousands in fines. MSP services help you avoid this since shared liability means they would be fined just like you in the event of a HIPAA transgression.
With managed IT services in Atlanta, you're able to utilize much more than just regulatory compliance. Cybercrime is an industry that is in continual growth. It costs people billions every year, and projected losses will apparently hit $2 trillion in 2019.
Another industry rapidly growing, and rapidly beginning to characterize normal operations throughout the healthcare industry is the Internet of Things (IoT). Because there are so many access points among IoT, vulnerabilities compound. Though IoT can save lives, it is also such a new technology that the lateral scope of potential vulnerabilities isn't even completely known.
MSP solutions can proactively secure operations to ensure IoT doesn't function as a malware gateway ushering in ransomware, adware, spyware, or any of countless viruses known to wreak havoc in healthcare.
Additionally, you want proactive security from a service provider because sometimes IoT hacks end up damaging people. Imagine if someone deactivated notifications on a monitoring display that used IoT to keep medical personnel appraised of a patient's condition. The patient may die, and this may be the goal of the hacker. HIPAA compliance isn't just about saving hospitals and other healthcare institutions from fines, it's about preserving lives.
Most often, hackers seek information. You want that safeguarded, encrypted, and password protected. Password management dictates changing of access codes at intervals of at least one month. Weekly changes are more ideal, and whether or not you think this is a good idea will depend on your medical institution. Either way, password management solutions facilitated through professional IT providers can help you do this securely, simply, and effectively.
Another area where working with an MSP can help safeguard your business is in the realm of firewalls, which continue to develop as technology does. Older firewalls can't protect against today's entry techniques. Today's firewalls won't provide much protection for tomorrow's attacks. Staying optimally protected requires working with an organization whose core operational prerogative is cutting-edge technology solutions.
A Comprehensive Security Suite
Managed IT services in Atlanta through MIS Solutions, Inc. can protect health care facilities effectively, and naturally, maintain HIPAA compliance. Common security methods include:
- Firewall Protection
- Password Protocols
- Proactive Monitoring
- IoT Management
If you've got to main HIPAA compliance, you might as well ensure yourself through an MSP. We at MIS Solutions can keep your healthcare operation in compliance. Contact us to secure your facility.