A featured speaker at this year’s CP-HIPAASoutions HIPAA Forum is FBI Special Agent Jeff Huber who is an expert in cybersecurity, and all the ways the “bad guys” work to gain access to very valuable personally identifiable information. In the world of health care, the protected health information providers have on their computer networks, and in their organizations is especially valuable because it typically contains everything the bad guys need to do a lot of damage. According to Special Agent Huber, the vast majority of breaches happen because someone lets the bad guys in the door by clicking on a phishing email, or using passwords that are very easy to crack.
In an industry where staffing has been an issue for the last 20 years, the pandemic has taken those problems and challenges to new heights. As a result, providers are scrambling to maintain enough staff to ensure the quality of care the individuals served deserve. With staff spread so thin, and with organizational leadership even working direct care, the potential for someone to click on a phishing email has increased exponentially. The bad guys know health care employees are being forced to move faster than ever, and they are banking on the fact some people may not take the time to really look at an email to determine if it is legitimate. All it takes is one click from an employee who is trying to do the job of three people for the bad guys to get the keys to the kingdom so to speak.
October 14, 2021 is the date for the HIPAA Forum; if you are looking for some information that will keep you up at night, give us a call to register and learn what the FBI has to say about the risks that are knocking on our doors every day. Call (319)-553-0258 today!
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