Monitoring your digital contracts well (for social care providers)
Date: Wednesday 29 November 2023
In today’s digital age, it’s more important than ever to implement good cyber security practices. Care services regularly deal with sensitive information and rely heavily on technology, so having systems in place to protect that is key.
Digital systems in care can open up real opportunities, but the risk of falling victim to a cyber attack is a growing concern and the consequences can be far-reaching. But protecting your business doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, there are some simple things you can do to secure your systems.
In this article, we will explore why it’s important and give you some practical tips on how to reduce the risk.
Phishing attacks are one of the most common and effective cyber threats. In 2023, out of the 462,000 businesses who reported any kind of cyber breach or attack, 79% of those were a phishing attack.
A phishing attack happens when a cyber criminal masquerades as trustworthy source to trick individuals into revealing sensitive information, such as login credentials or financial details. Care services should educate their staff on recognising a phishing attempt, which can come through emails, text messages, and even phone calls.
Tips to avoid a phishing attack
A business continuity plan is essential for care services to ensure they can maintain operations in the event of any kind of incident. Including data and cyber security as integral components to this plan is crucial to minimise the impact of potential breaches.
Tips for incorporating cyber security into your business continuity plan
Care services should train staff to create a cyber-aware workforce. Employees are often the first line of defence against cyber threats, and their knowledge can help prevent costly breaches.
Tips for effective staff training
Weak or easily guessable passwords are a significant vulnerability for any organisation. Care services should have a password policy in place to protect sensitive information.
Tips for creating strong passwords
Regular backups of critical data are a vital part of cyber security. They ensure that event if a cyber-attack occurs, your care service can recover essential information without paying a ransom or suffering a data loss.
Tips for effective backup strategies
By using the DSPT and reaching ‘Standards Met’ you are demonstrating that you are compliant with data protection legislation and have systems in place to keep your data secure.
Tips for using the DSPT
Cyber security is not an option but a necessity for care services in today’s digital landscape. Failing to protect sensitive information can have a devastating impact on a care service. By following some of the simple steps outlined in this article, you can reduce the risk of falling victim to cyber attacks and ensure the safety of your business. Remember that investing in cyber security is an investment in the future of quality care.Back to News