Cybersecurity: Federal Guidelines & HIPPA


The state of being protected against the criminal or unauthorized use of electronic data, or the measures taken to achieve this.


The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) sets the standard for sensitive patient data protection. Companies that deal with protected health information (PHI) must have physical, network, and process security measures in place and follow them to ensure HIPAA Compliance.

The three components of HIPAA security rule compliance.

Keeping patient data safe requires healthcare organizations to exercise best practices in three areas:

  • administrative
  • physical security
  • technical security


Learn the basics for protecting your business from cyber attacks. For more detailed information visit (FTC)

What is adequate security?

  • Access Control
  • Awareness & Training
  • Audit & Accountability
  • Configuration Management
  • Identification & Authentication
  • Incident Response
  • Maintenance
  • Media Protection
  • Personnel Security
  • Physical Protection
  • Risk Assessment
  • System & Communication Protection
  • System & Info Integrity

General Security

See (Cybersecurity 7 Things to Remember) for more details.

  • Password management
  • Always be careful when opening attachments or clicking links in an email.
  • Monitor your accounts regularly for any suspicious activity. If you see something unfamiliar check it out, it could be a sign that you’ve been compromised. Quick detection and response is a key to good defense.
  • Back up your data regularly as we discussed in a past blog article, (Safeguard Your Data – 6 Quick Tips) and make sure your anti-virus software is always up to date.

PCS can help you with any of the above-mentioned items. Have a question? Reach out today!

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