Cybersecurity At Rural Hospitals | Tips for Cybersecurity Training | The Cyber Review

September 8, 2021
Written by Farah

6 cybersecurity training best practices for SMBs

Cybersecurity requires ongoing training, updates, and testing new technology. Having the latest technology is important for the cybersecurity sector and for those who are not investing their time and resources into cybersecurity are seeing the downside of it. Giving knowledge to SMB owners and employees about the potential cybersecurity threats they could face is important and recognizing a threat in real-time.

1. What is cybersecurity awareness?

Even though SMB owners might be aware of the risks associated with a lack of a cybersecurity strategy, they may not know how to set one up and how it impacts the organizations as a whole. Raising security awareness is important for a company and there are few types of methods like security communications, culture and training that SMBs can get.

2. Understand a SMB's prior awareness about cybersecurity

Before the training period, it is important to understand the behaviors of all employees who use digital equipment. This involves the way the employees work to make it secure or not, and how much they understand about cybersecurity too.

 3. Avoid a one-size-fits-all approach 

Lessons about cybersecurity are valuable. Cybersecurity advice needs to be effective and all the topics should be on specific vulnerabilities and threats to the organization to make it easy to understand, and specific to the organization.

4. Make no room for fear

All organizations should have a good IT department and they should be funded more to keep it secure. It is important to practice secure behaviors successfully which will make no room for fear and it will be beneficial for the organizations and employees in the long run.

5. Create an ongoing and non-intrusive training program

Not everyone has in-depth knowledge about cybersecurity and it can be hard learning about cybersecurity because there is a lot information to absorb. The person in the training program should avoid telling employees too much information at once and should keep it short which will help them to remember it faster.

6. Measure the effectiveness of the training

Measuring the effectiveness of the training is important for cybersecurity because it gives feedback about the training program. It could be measured by self-assessments, such as quizzes or behavior observation. Security assessments should also be ongoing to know the effectiveness of the training program.

Responding to a Cybersecurity Breach

Response systems are necessary to respond to cybersecurity breaches. Most people focus on cybersecurity breaches but at the same time people should put some effort into a rapid response if the situation gets worse. Cybercriminals look for vulnerabilities in the system and ransomware is becoming a big problem with digitization.

After a Breach Hits

 Responding to cyber security breaches is important and all depends on the system.  An assessment could tell how to help sensitive breaches.  The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to a system of physical objects like sensors, software and other technology that are able to collect and transfer data over a wireless network. IoT extends cybercriminals' reach, enabling malicious attacks to move from IoT devices to core IT systems. Sometimes it could be hard to respond to breaches where IoT is affected because of the increased costs.

Ransomware Continues to Run Rampant

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that takes a computer and enables users to access it until a ransom is paid to unlock it.  Ransomware has been around for many years and has even increased in the last few years because it has not been dealt with properly. Data privacy is important and with information being leaked it is a threat to the company. Ransomware is often spread from emails which contain unknown attachments. If a company’s file is encrypted and has sensitive information that could make the attacker demand for payment and the data.

Healthcare cybersecurity under attack: How the pandemic affected rural hospitals

Since the pandemic, one of the organizations that has seen an increase in cyber attacks is health care. The increased work in the healthcare field has caused more vulnerabilities making them an easy target. 

How has the pandemic affected rural hospitals in particular and what could the long-term repercussions be?

Large hospitals have more resources compared to rural hospitals who often lack resources. Rural hospitals usually have less staff and now in the pandemic it has been extremely hard as these hospitals run on low cost. The pandemic has caused hospitals to cancel procedures and has been financially devastating. But there are few good things for rural hospitals such as adopting new, cloud-based technology which lowers their IT maintenance costs.

What differentiates large hospitals from rural ones when it comes to cybersecurity? What can be done to overcome the hurdles?

Many rural hospitals don't have the same technology as large hospitals as they have more clinician shortages and revenue cycles. Rural hospitals don’t have the money to hire full-time cybersecurity staff to keep their systems secure and without that the system is not secure or the hospital is not aware of any security updates. Even though it is hard for rural hospitals to protect their information, there are few steps that could be done like rural hospitals should partner with technology vendors. Rural hospitals should train both staff and their patients to make it a secure environment.

What is the strategy rural hospitals should implement to better secure their digital assets without interrupting their workflow?

Hospitals should invest in IT solutions to help in cybersecurity. Since a lot of rural hospitals don't have the resources to help them keep up with cyber updates.

Do rural hospitals need specific technology or is a one-size-fits-all solution enough?

Since there are different rural hospitals so every hospital has their specific technology, there is no one size fits all solution. IT solutions should be  customized and adapted to their workflows for rural hospitals. 

Whether big or small, hospitals must meet regulatory requirements. Why do you think this is a harder task for rural hospitals?

Larger hospitals tend to have more advanced technology to help them. Since small hospitals have less IT resources they don't have software capabilities they need to have in place to meet these requirements. These hospitals should have software vendors to help them with training to understand the requirements.