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Start the New Year Compliant with Practicefirst’s Cybersecurity Checklist for 2024!

As we welcome the New Year, Practicefirst reaffirms its commitment to safeguarding our clients.  Here is a checklist of 5 best practices for cybersecurity compliance in 2024: 

✅ Access Controls

  • Implement role-based access controls to ensure your employees have the minimum necessary access required for their roles. This limits the amount of information that could be compromised in the event of a breach.
  • Regularly review and update user permissions based on job responsibilities, especially as employees are onboarded or terminated.
  • Learn more about the Minimum Use Requirement.

✅ Data Encryption & Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

  • Encrypt sensitive data both in transit and at rest to protect it from unauthorized access.
  • Require the use of MFA on all devices with the potential ability to access PHI or PII.

✅ Regular Audits and Monitoring

  • Conduct regular security audits to identify vulnerabilities and potential threats in your information systems.
  • Implement continuous monitoring tools to detect and respond to suspicious activities promptly. These systems identify patterns and notify you when something appears out of the ordinary.

✅ Employee Training

  • Provide comprehensive, ongoing training on best practices for all employees on data security and privacy.
  • Foster a culture of security awareness to prevent accidental security breaches.
  • Explore phishing training for heightened awareness of common scams. 

✅ Incident Response Plan (IRP)

  • Develop and regularly update an incident response plan outlining steps to be taken in the event of a security incident.
  • Conduct regular drills to ensure all team members are familiar with the response procedures.
  • Access guidance on developing an Incident Response Plan that fits your practice.

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