Category: Cybersecurity

Detect security breaches concept

Detect security incidents with the power of logging and auditing

Healthcare has a high risk of cybersecurity incidents because, by nature, healthcare is a system that puts a lot of trust in people. Providers engage in sensitive activities on behalf of patients and need to exchange or access confidential patient information. Outsiders (e.g. hackers) are a threat but, sometimes, insiders (e.g. employees) can be too.…
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Protect your website with HTTPS

Using HTTPS on your website

The ‘s’ stands for secure Enabling HTTPS is the first of four priority measures in CERT NZ’s ‘Protect It’ campaign.  Your patients and customers trust you to keep their information, and the communication you have with them, confidential and safe. HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) keeps the information transferred between you and your patients or customers confidential by…
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Step up your website security

Protect It – Step up your website security

Patients First are proud to be participating in CERT NZ’s ‘Protect It’ campaign, aimed at helping New Zealand businesses to improve their website security.  Any healthcare organisation that consumes or provides services using websites must take ownership of the services that they provide or pass-on to patients. Patients First is especially focused on helping you to reduce cybersecurity risks in your businesses and organisations, and urge you…
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Illustration of multi-factor authentication (MFA) process

Why you need to enable MFA for your Microsoft 365 account

Enabling multi-factor authentication for your Microsoft account will give you better protection against attacks and phishing attempts. A single password, which is often weak and used across multiple websites, is not enough to protect your organisation against a cyber attack. If a hacker cracks that password, they will very quickly have access to not only your…
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How to use Zoom securely

Many people and organisations across the globe are turning to online video conferencing solutions to enable continuity of communication and social interaction. Among this there has been a concerted effort for New Zealand health providers to reduce face-to-face consults in favour of virtual, after the government announced a $20 million investment in telehealth amid the battle against Covid-19.   While there are many video conferencing tools available, Zoom has surged in popularity. With its widespread usage, Zoom has become a major target for…
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Cybersecurity advisory for Telework and Telehealth in response to COVID-19

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) will force many healthcare organisations to consider remote workplace options for their employees (VPN), new ways to interact with their patients (telehealth) and third-party communication (video conferencing/file share). Some options can be secure when implemented properly, though if implemented in a rush or not properly maintained, may pose a significant risk.…
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OWASP New Zealand Day 2020

Buzzing about information security at OWASP New Zealand Day 2020

Don’t let the acronym put you off – we weren’t subjected to any nasty stings at the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) New Zealand Day. But we certainly learned plenty about the misconceptions, challenges and harsh realities of information security in New Zealand.  Consisting of a two-day training course and a one-day conference, OWASP…
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Secure yourself today

Cyber Smart Week 2019

Are you secure online?Make sure of it. Patients First, Conporto Health and Medical IT Advisors are proud to be official partners of the 2019 Cyber Smart Week, New Zealand’s national cyber security awareness week aimed at helping New Zealanders protect themselves online, a CERTNZ initiative.   New Zealand Health Information Security Requirements An organisation that…
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Securing your email with TLS

Transport Layer Security (TLS) is a cryptographic protocol that secures communication over a network by using certificates to encrypt a connection between computers. TLS is the successor of SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). The simplest example is your banking website; TLS makes the difference between the HTTP (unencrypted) and HTTPS (encrypted) traffic. For email it is…
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