Continued education — a key cybersecurity measure for next year

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One of the most productive things an organization can do to best prepare for cybersecurity is train employees in the latest data security measures, according to Randy McCleese, vice president of information services and CIO of St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, Ky. 

In an interview with HealthITSecurity.com, Mr. McCleese said continued education can ensure employees are properly trained in the newest security updates. 

"We have to make everybody more security conscious, especially at the executive level," he said in the interview.

Additionally, he said it is important for leadership to explain to all employees that certain security measures aren't meant to burden their workflows; rather, it is to protect the system from any vulnerabilities.

"We've got to make sure that [employees] understand that security is one of the top priorities, and that we, from an information technology security standpoint, are not doing it to hinder them or their work. We're doing it because we don't want our information to get out and we want to make sure we stay compliant," he said.

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