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Mitigating Cybersecurity Risks From Healthcare Business Associates

Your healthcare organization can have the best cybersecurity defenses in place, but how do those of third parties with access to your patient data measure up? Learn key evaluation questions to reduce risk of data breaches from business associates.

Cybersecurity is vital when it comes to safeguarding protected health information (PHI). However, Protenus’ 2022 Breach Barometer report found that business associates were responsible for nearly 21 million patient record breaches. And in the first half of 2022, business associates were involved in 36% of reported healthcare data security incidents. So how can you trust that your business associates keep their own systems safe?

To help answer that question, we sat down with Chief Information Security Officer, Brian Reavey, at Protenus to talk about the challenges of cybersecurity and gain insight on how Protenus, as an organization that handles PHI, ensures the safety of data entrusted to us. Learn how we're reducing risk through innovation in developing our platform with security baked in to our infrastructure, determination to secure data, and commitment to our customer community. 

What are some common challenges you're seeing emerge in the cybersecurity space?

There's a big focus now on social engineering — bad actors are phishing via email, making phone calls, trying to breach an organization via an unsuspecting employee. The human element remains the hardest to secure. 

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