Digital transformation continues to improve many aspects of our daily lives, including healthcare outcomes. However, as digital transformation and reliance continues for both organisations and individuals globally, opportunities for cybercriminals increase. Cyber-attacks can lead to loss or theft of sensitive health information, reputational damage, disruption to service delivery, financial risks, and loss of consumer confidence.
Building a culture of cyber security and awareness is one way to help protect your medical practice. It’s important to consider educating your staff on fundamental security awareness, including what cyber threats are – such as phishing, business email compromise and ransomware attacks – and how to prevent them. Recognise that a cyber-attack can happen and that you should be prepared. Develop a cyber incident response plan and practise this plan with your staff.
To support practice and their staff in building cyber awareness, the Australian Digital Health Agency has recently updated their free eLearning Digital Health Security Awareness course, which can be accessed here.