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Data center security is a priority to all companies; however privacy and security are especially critical to healthcare CIOs. And while any data breach is unwelcome, suffering a data breach in healthcare could be costly too. If a data breach affects more than 500 patients it must be reported to the Department of Health and Human Services and could cost the company up to $1.5 million.

To defend against such a data breach has come up with 12 tips:

1.     Conduct a risk assessment

2.     Educate employees about HIPPA

3.     Tell employees to watch their stuff

4.     Keep an eye on paper records

5.     Encrypt data at rest and in motion

6.     Encrypt hardware

7.     Subnet wireless networks

8.     Take identity and access management seriously

9.     Create an airtight BYOD policy

10.  Examine Service-Level Agreements with a fine-toothed comb

11.  Nag business associates

12.  Hire a good lawyer

Do you agree that these tips will help a healthcare organization avoid a data breach, making them ripe? Or are these tips just hype?

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