7 tips for healthcare organizations to avoid falling victim to phishing attacks

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About 60 percent of last year's healthcare data breaches involved email phishing, according to data cited by HealthcareInfoSecurity.

To mitigate this threat in the future, the publication outlined a number of preventive steps healthcare organizations can take.

Seven steps to mitigate the risk of email phishing, according to HealthcareInfoSecurity:

  1. Document information security and privacy policies and procedures, including staff responsibilities for preventing phishing attacks
  2. Provide updated and frequent training to all employees about the security and privacy policies and procedures
  3. Consider including an overview of information security and privacy practices during annual performance reviews
  4. Deploy malware prevention tools, such as those that scan for potential phishing attempts based on the domains email messages originate from and their characteristics
  5. Implement strong data-storage encryption
  6. Implement data-leak prevention tools
  7. Block access to known malicious sites

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