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Cyber Security Risks — COVID-19
Best Practices for Health Center Staff Working Remotely

Resource Topic: Clinical Issues, Emerging Issues, Health Information Technology (HIT)/Data

Resource Subtopic: COVID-19, Privacy and Security, Development and Training.

Keywords: Education of Staff (e.g., Competency-Based), Policies and Procedures.

Year Developed: 2020

Resource Type: Publication

Primary Audience: PCAs
Secondary Audience: Administrative Staff C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, COOs, CMOs, etc)

Language: English

Developed by: HITEQ (See other resources developed by this organization).

Resource Summary: The number of COVID-19 cases continue to increase throughout the United States, requiring more and more of our health systems to rely on employees working from home at times. While some of us are required to "shelter-in-place," unfortunately that shelter can create increased risks such as cyber security breaches. With good planning, policies, and employee and family education, health centers can minimize risk and support their employees while working remotely. This presentation will inform your Health Center remote workers on best practices for increasing cybersecurity at home.

Resource Details: The number of COVID-19 cases continue to increase throughout the United States, requiring more and more of our health systems to rely on employees working from home at times. While some of us are required to "shelter-in-place," unfortunately that shelter can create increased risks such as cyber security breaches. When working from home, people are often distracted by many other things than work (e.g., children, pets, health concerns, finances, etc.) – data security is understandably not always the number one concern and creates a matter of high risk. Unfortunately for health centers this can result in a loss of control over their data and make them subject to significant legal liability due to a single email click or transmission of its data over an unsecured network. With good planning, policies, and employee and family education, health centers can minimize risk and support their employees while working remotely. This presentation will inform your Health Center remote workers on best practices for increasing cybersecurity at home.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,375,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.