Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) planning should be front of mind for every healthcare organization. As cybersecurity experts, the team at WareGeeks Solutions understands that running a healthcare organization or medical office is stressful enough without adding worries about a cyber attack.
As a savvy healthcare administrator though you need to understand that BCDR planning is crucial to the function and long-term viability of your healthcare organization. If there is a cyberattack or a ransomware attack, what would happen to patient records? How will your patient’s react when they discover their personal and private healthcare information and records have been accessed by a hacker? Fear would set in. Your healthcare organization’s reputation would suffer and it may never recover.
The battering of your reputation will be damaging enough, but consider the long-term impacts of an interruption to your healthcare group if you cannot access patient records. Don’t be a statistic along with those businesses that have never recovered from a ransomware attack or a cybersecurity breach — up to 60% of those companies attacked never recover even if they pay out the ransom. Hackers will sometimes ask upwards of $200,000 (or substantially more) in ransom and even if you pay, you’re not assured you will have complete access to your records. The damage has already been done, though because the hackers will still potentially have access to the patient records.
What Goes Into A Healthcare Organization’s BCDR Plan?
When you work with one of the cybersecurity experts at WareGeeks Solutions our team member will craft a unique business continuity plan for your healthcare organization. The BCDR spells out the steps that will be immediately implemented if (when) a cyberattack occurs. The BCDR is a strategy to help assure your business and its records are able to be accessed and you can continue on.
When a business continuity plan is prepared it will involve:
- A Recovery Point Objective — what records do you need to get back in business?
- Recovery Time Objective — how soon can you get up and running,
In addition to having a BCDR in place, the plan needs to be tested in real-time to assure it works as planned. Don’t wait until your healthcare group suffers a cyberattack before you test the BCDR plan.
Business Continuity planning is crucial for each and every business that operates or stores or utilizes the Internet — and there aren’t many (any) businesses that function strictly with paper records.
To protect your healthcare organization and its financial and patient records, you need to be proactive. Work with a cybersecurity expert who can help implement data protocols and cybersecurity strategies that you and your staff need to know, understand and adhere to.
If your healthcare group has an IT staff on hand, it’s time for you to talk with them and ask what their cybersecurity strategies are. How have they implemented Internet, email and data record storage protocols? Is your IT team training staff on best practices and now to recognize potential phishing scams and emails? If you’re unclear on the answer to these questions or have other cybersecurity or BCDR planning, contact WareGeeks Solutions.
WareGeeks Solutions is a Roselle, New Jersey-based complete IT consultant and solutions provider. We specialist in Data Protection, specifically Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (#BCDR). We work with medium and large law firms and in the healthcare industry. If you have IT or security questions contact Seth at WareGeeks Solutions.