The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act sets forth various guidelines for medical institutes and organizations. Any company that handles electronic medical data should adhere to these guidelines. These stipulations state that all medical practices must ensure that all necessary measures are taken while saving, accessing, and sharing any electronic medical data—this is to ensure the security patient data. Lack of compliance to the HIPAA security standards could lead to large fines… and, in extreme cases, even loss of medical licenses. Several steps can be followed by medical practices to ensure compliance to HIPAA standards.
If your application handles protected health information (PHI) then you need to be HIPAA compliant. If you are not compliant, then you open your business or organization up to potential civil and criminal penalties as a result of HIPAA violations. Note that the HIPAA rules apply to both Covered Entities and their Business Associates.
While the transition from paper records to electronic records within medical and health care organizations greatly improves customer and patient experience, the risk to privacy and security of important data increases. Data breaches, whether they are caused by theft, unauthorized access, external hacking attacks, or simple human error, are rising each year within the medical and health care industries.
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The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a widely accepted set of policies and procedures intended to secure the credit and debit card data, and cash transaction, of consumers, businesses, and organizations. It is also used to protect cardholders against the misuse of their personal information.
The PCI DSS specifies and elaborates on six major objectives:
First and foremost, a secure network must be maintained in which credit and debit card transactions can be conducted. This PCI requirement involves the use of specialized firewalls. Second, cardholder information must be protected wherever the data is stored. In addition, whenever cardholder data is transmitted through public networks, that data must be encrypted in an effective manner. Third, all data storage systems should be protected against any malicious activities of hackers. All applications should be free of bugs and vulnerabilities. Fourth, access to restricted information and operations should be secured and protected. Cardholder data needs to be protected physically and electronically. Fifth, all networks containing important data must be monitored and tested regularly to ensure all security measures are in place—and that they are functioning properly. Sixth, a formal information security policy must be defined, maintained, and followed at all times by all participating entities.
Here at MainNerve, we specialize in supporting businesses and organizations that handle payment card information. If you need assistance with your PCI compliance, we are the cybersecurity company to work with.PCI
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