When we hear the words “Cyber Security”, most of us could be mistaken for thinking we don’t need to worry; surely it’s only a concept for the I.T gurus of large corporations and Government departments to think about. But did you know that the Federal Government has begun the process of introducing a legislation that will require you to advise your patients of any potential or serious data breach as well as advise the Australian Information Commissioner?

So how does this relate to small to medium health care providers?

A “serious” breach is one that involves any personal information, and with the need to record extensive information, medical history and detailed personal information on your patients the risk to you is very real.

It can be very easy to forget just how important data security and protection of our patient’s information can be. Of course, we are all aware of the requirements at a clinic level, but do we know enough about it on a technology level? Possibly not.

In an article published by Computerworld.com.au regarding the new legislation, it’s pointed out that smaller private businesses generally take one of two positions on cyber security: “We’re too small so we won’t be targeted” or “We’re going to get hit anyway, there’s not much we can do about it”.  However, sitting back and doing nothing will almost ensure that you if you are targeted and you risk exposing your patients to a breach of their personal information.

Are you still wondering how a Cyber Attack could affect your small business?

It’s an easy concept when you break it down to a smaller level and could happen as something we think very little of. For example, you open an email from a trusted supplier whom you deal with often and it seems very innocent. But what if their security has been compromised and the email comes to you as part of a breach of their systems? Would your current security recognise this and protect your data? If not, it is a very real concept that needs to be considered in more depth.

So where do you begin to ensure your data is protected?

A good place to start in looking at your Practice Management software and IT systems that support it.  Do your systems have built in ways to ensure your data is protected? Are you storing your information, files and even emails on a local server or are you working on a larger scale?

Generally, we can think that a small local server in the back room is safer than working on secure cloud based platforms, when in fact, working on larger specialised servers will now offer you more protection.

Capstone System uses Microsoft Azure, a platform that works proactively to protect you from any potential and existing threats, which means by choosing Capstone, you no longer need to consider effective ways to protect your data because we do it all for you. We recognised the importance of using the most trusted platform possible to ensure the highest security and protection was available for even the smallest of practices and chose Microsoft Azure because it’s an ASD Certified Cloud Service; this means the Australian Government has approved Azure as one of their trusted Cloud service providers.

Azure employs state of the art protection methods to ensure their customers data is always safe and with a dedicated team of security experts working around the clock to protect your data and your patients, you can rest assured that in choosing Capstone, you are protected and you no longer need a detailed understanding of Cyber Security, leaving you and your team time to focus on what you do best and virtually leaving your local business’ security in the hands of some of the worlds most experienced specialists.

If you would like to learn more about Microsoft Azure and how it can protect your data, you can read about it here:

To read the full article from Computerworld.com.au and learn more about changes to legislations as they related to data breaches, you can find it here: