If you have a career in the healthcare, you’ve probably heard of facilities implementing safeguards to secure ePHI. One example of such safeguards is vulnerability scans.
What is vulnerability scanning?
Vulnerability scanning is a software application that assesses all of your devices, applications and network for Common Vulnerabilities and Exploits (CVE’s, or security weaknesses). For example, Nessus Professional Feed has 67,298 plugins, covering 27,117 unique CVE IDs and 19,773 unique Bugtraq IDs. Besides performing the scan, it also produces your scanned results so you can see what and where any weaknesses or potential exposures are in your system.
How often should you run a vulnerability scan?
It’s recommended that you schedule periodic vulnerability scans to ensure nothing has been missed and to keep you complying with all of the HIPAA requirements. Typically, vulnerability scanning is run quarterly or semi-annually, but it’s a good idea to run this scan every time you add in any new equipment or install new applications.
With our HIPAA Security Risk Analysis software, we take the necessary precautions to ensure our product is safe and beneficial for your use. We conduct periodic quarterly vulnerability scans, as well as penetration testing, so our users know they’re using secure HIPAA compliance software.
What are the benefits of vulnerability scanning?
Besides identifying holes and weaknesses within your systems and providing scanned results like was mentioned above, vulnerability scanning ensures you stay a step ahead of any hackers. By knowing your security vulnerabilities, you’re able to set up a plan of action to fix those problems and potential problems before they are used against your organization. Like how you use vulnerability scanning to find your vulnerabilities, hackers also use it to find vulnerabilities within your system so they can attack you where there is weakness. Performing regular vulnerability scans makes sure your network is secure before someone gains unauthorized access to it and all of your private information. In turn, this means you keep your information and your patients’ information protected, remain HIPAA compliant, and not becoming another statistic on the OCR’s Breaches over 500 webpage (otherwise affectionately known as the “Wall of Shame”).
Contact us for more details about the importance of vulnerability scanning and how we can run a vulnerability scan for your site.