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HCCS Releases New Security Awareness Course for Healthcare Professionals

July 28, 2016

Jericho, NY – HCCS, a Healthstream Company, today announced the release of Security Awareness in the Healthcare Setting, a new online training course that helps organizations prepare staff to recognize and prevent malicious threats. 

Cybercriminals are attacking healthcare organizations with a growing frequency due to a lack of data protection procedures and staff awareness.  Ransomware, a type of malicious software designed to block access to critical files and systems until ransom is paid, is the most crippling of these threats. According to a survey from HIMSS Analytics, the number of healthcare attacks over the past year has increased 125% as the industry has become an easy target. Personal health information is 50 times more valuable on the black market than financial information.

The FBI has reported that in 2015 criminal cyber activity resulted in more than $1.07 billion in reported losses.  An educated and aware staff is the first line of defense against a cyber-attack that can exposure patient information, threaten your ability to operate and comprise patient safety and security. 

The Security Awareness in the Healthcare Setting online training course helps organizations train staff and build awareness on topics including:

  • understanding security threats
  • identifying and detecting malware, including ransomware
  • understanding best-practice password guidelines
  • phishing detection and awareness
  • data classification
  • data storage and retention guidelines
  • social engineering threats
  • cloud computing and storage
  • physical security
  • mobile device protection and smartphone security
  • social media threats

HCCS, partnered with MediaPro, a specialist in the area of information security and data privacy to create the Security Awareness in the Healthcare Setting online training course. Media Pro delivers the highest quality learning experiences that grow knowledge, change behavior and support cultural change. 

HCCS courses promote compliance with ethical, legal and accreditation guidelines while enriching job performance.  HCCS’ interactive courses explain compliance rules and regulations, leading to decreased risk in the healthcare environment.

A demonstration of the Security Awareness in the Healthcare Setting online training course is available now at hccs.com/prepare.