With the proliferation of the mobile devices and significant increase in the usage of advanced technologies for the transmission of data, the security of that data has become a prime concern. The usage of technology for the transmission of data offers a plethora of benefits, especially in the medical field, but along with the advantages, some underlying risks have also started surfacing. Thus, it is vital to ensure data security in today’s mobile world.
Here are some of the top methodologies which can be deployed to make the data more secure in a mobility dominated world.
One of the most robust ways to ensure the security of medical data which is constantly transmitted from one place to another is encryption. Encryption is the process that changes the data in a completely different stream of symbols, signs and letters, which nowhere resemble the original data. So, instead of the data, the encrypted message is transmitted which is decrypted at the destination using the same key which was used to encrypt the data in the first place at the source. So, even if some people intercept the data which you are transmitting, they will only get the encrypted message and not the original information.
Stay Protected from Viruses and Malware
Malware and virus attacks on the computer systems or servers can prove fatal from the perspective of data security. Thus, ensure that you have installed a strong antivirus system which continuously monitors the computers and server systems for any virus or malware, and ensure data security by removing any suspicious files from the systems.
Usage of Strong Passwords
Today, most of our confidential data are kept password protected. But, many of us believe that by simply putting the passwords, we can ensure data security. This is not completely correct. First of all, you need to set very strong passwords which are an ideal amalgamation of alphabets, numbers and special characters. Furthermore, it is imperative that you keep changing your passwords from time to time, and don’t use the same password for more than 30-40 days.
Deploy Security Infrastructure
These days a large number of devices and equipment are available which can improve the security of your sensitive data. You can deploy the firewalls and other security implementing devices to secure your computer systems along with your intranet ensuring that all the outside requests, or data transmissions are filtered by firewalls, and no unauthorised requests are allowed to pass through the boundaries set in the internal networks.
There are a lot of firms that offer data security services for the healthcare centres and medical data. Such companies offer a broad array of software aimed at delivering a diverse range of functions including data security, data protection, data encryption, data management and much more. For additional information on this key issue there’s a gredat piece on the MediPro site by health and security expert Dan Munro titled, “Dan Munro On Healthcare Information Security”.