Tag Archive: network security

  1. Best Practices for Identity Protection Online

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    At Integrated Axis, we specialize in helping companies use best practices with their network security and other issues involving IT health. You might not think of your personal identity when considering your organization’s security. The truth is that your employees are the asset that makes you most vulnerable to breaches.

    According to recent data, employees cause at least 40% of security issues in companies — from simple negligence to more malicious theft. When you consider the uptick in ransomware attacks, teaching your employees best practices to protect their identity online is essential.

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    Identity Protection Online: Tips and Tricks

    Whether you’re interested in learning more about protecting your own identity or you want to offer better support for your employees to follow, these best practices can help:

    • Common Sense.People mistakenly believe that hackers are some nefarious and brilliant computer geniuses who can hack into any system and steal all of your information. In most cases, hackers get in through rudimentary con artistry. They trick real people into allowing them access. While there are hackers who do use very advanced skills to get around programming, in most instances, you’re handing them the keys by clicking into bogus links or using passwords that are easy to guess. Some best practices to avoid these scenarios will keep your data safe from the vast majority of online identity theft.
    • Password Protect All Devices. Your phone, iPad, and laptop all hold a wealth of information. They’re also easy to steal physically. Once a thief has your device, they have access to everything in every app. Using a sophisticated password to protect your devices will keep that information secure, even if your physical device goes missing.
    • Be Aware of Phishing Scams. Phishing scams are one of the most common ways that hackers gain information. As a rule, don’t click on links through email of companies you don’t know or trust. A better rule is to go to the site independently. Your bank will never send you a link to click. Neither will most entities where you need to use financial information.
    • Don’t Ever Offer Information.When someone calls you or contacts you, never give them any information, especially passwords or access to your computer. This is a common scam. If you have questions, look up the company’s contact information and call them yourself. That way you’re certain you’re speaking to a real representative.
    • Careful with Social Media.Social media is a fun way to pass the time, but many people share more personal information than they should. Those fun little quizzes are a treasure trove of information for hackers. You’re answering most of your security questions in those quizzes and giving them hints at possible password combinations.

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    Looking for More Tips to Help Protect Your Network or Identity?

    Integrated Axis knows the best ways to protect your entire IT network from malicious attacks and ID theft. If you’re looking for the best practices to protect your company, employees, or personal information, contact us today. Our experienced staff is happy to help create the perfect best practices for your company and individual needs to prevent data breaches on your important information.

  2. Network Security: Do Remote Workers Compromise Your Data?

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    If your company offers opportunities for remote workers, you’re not alone. The gig economy has created an environment for large and small companies to gain valuable team members, without the commitment and expense of hiring permanent employees. Many companies also find that offering a work-from-home option is a valuable perk for their current staff.

    There’s no doubt that remote work solutions can benefit your company culture and productivity. But what does it do to your IT security?

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    A Secure Network for Remote Workers

    Securing your data must be a top priority. According to recent data, 60 percent of small businesses that experience a data breach will go out of business. Cyber-attacks can compromise your reputation and cost a great deal of time and money to fix.

    So, when you start to think about remote workers in your company, you need to consider how you’re securing their network. If you’re unconcerned about this, it’s an issue. Remote workers can pose a serious risk to your internal data, especially if they’re logging into your database from unsecured locations.

    These issues don’t make using a remote workforce too risky. It just means that your network security protocol needs to be more robust to accommodate the habits of your workforce and guard against possible breaches.

    Tips to Strengthen Your Network for All Employees

    Many companies have a variety of workers. They use freelancers for certain initiatives, have full-time, on-premise employees, and still offer other employees the benefit of working remotely on set days. This paradigm is common. You want a security plan that meets the needs of your company based on the way that your staff works.

    Here are some ideas for companies that use remote workers and freelance talent:

    • Cloud Computing.Cloud computing allows your employees to log in to your database from any location. The benefit here is that the cloud computing service offers a secure environment so that hackers and any malicious attack should be detected and deflected.
    • Assess Your Access Protocols.Not every employee needs (nor should they have) unlimited access to all your data. Take some time to review your access protocols. Assign access to team members based on the data that they need to meet their responsibilities. Another good protocol is to log employee access so that you can easily see which employees have accessed information, made changes to files, etc.
    • Provide Security Applications for Remote Devices.Providing the right security for your employee’s devices can help protect your network overall.
    • Ban Use of Public Networks.Employees should never use public Wi-Fi to access your database. Make it mandatory that your employees only use a secured network.

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    Are You Interested in Using Best Practice Protocols to Secure Your Network for Remote Workers?

    If you’re concerned about the safety of your data or want a consultation to help you set up best practice protocols for your remote workers, contact Integrated Axis today. Our dedicated professionals can assess your process and help you find the best IT security solutions.

  3. HIPAA Compliance for Optimal Privacy and Security

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    Since computers became a fixture in the healthcare industry, Cybercriminals have understood the value of protected health information (PHI). Long before the government passed Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 1996, healthcare ITs were working hard to protect PHI. HIPAA compliance regulations ensure that healthcare organizations implement and monitor multiple safeguards that meet federal laws. 

    A Secure Network Is a Vital Part of HIPAA Compliance 

    With such high-value data on the line, network security is an essential focus for any healthcare organization. Here are five reasons that a secure network is a foundation for compliance with HIPAA security rule regulations:  

    1. Reduces Risk of Data Theft and Sabotage  

    No network is completely safe from cyberattacks, but an efficient and stable network security system is essential for protecting PHI. Cybercriminals or employees with malicious intent are less likely to access valuable data when a system is secure. Transmission security offers peace of mind that your data will stay protected.

    2. Prevents the Interruption of Business Continuity  

    The smallest cyberattacks disrupt standard business operations for businesses every day. Healthcare organizations face risks to financial information, patient health information, and other confidential organizational data. There are times when the entire organization’s system experiences a complete digital shutdown

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    3. Avoids the Risk to an Organization’s Reputation  

    A cyberattack that you could have prevented with a secure network could harm your healthcare organization’s reputation in the industry. HIPAA compliance violations might give your patients, vendors, and even board members a reason to choose another healthcare company.

    4. Limits the Possibility of Incurring Penalties  

    HIPAA non-compliance penalties can quickly become costly for an organization. Each HIPAA breach notification could come with a fine of up to $50,000. These civil penalties are determined by the nature and extent of a violation, as well as the amount of harm caused. Healthcare employees may also be fined $100 per violation even if they are unaware that they are violating HIPAA rules. If a company has a HIPAA compliant secure network, they are more likely to have a compliant staff.

    5. Prepares an Organization to Withstand a Data Breach or Other Attack on a Network  

    HIPAA offers a guideline for health and human services organizations to maintain compliance. With the help of HIPAA privacy and security standards, organizations are more likely to strengthen weak passwords and update operating systems. This minimizes an outsider’s facility access, which keeps data safer.

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    There Are Times When Healthcare Organizations Need Assistance with Network Security and HIPAA Compliance 

    Even with a robust HIPAA compliance strategy, your company can benefit from working with  Integrated Axis. We offer end-to-end solutions for all data compliance and access control needs. Cyberattacks can even happen to secure wireless networks. This is why it is crucial to ensure the security of your healthcare organization with a reliable partner like Integrated Axis. To learn more about our compliance and security services, call (520) 877-3033.