Healthcare Data Breaches Are Preventable With MFT

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Some healthcare providers undervalue the need to secure their protected health information from unauthorized users, as well as even some authorized users who may abuse their privileges. So many healthcare providers do allocate the appropriate budgetary funds to secure their medical data delivery services.

With security breaches and lost data abound nowadays, it is more important than ever to appropriate the funds necessary for file security. A 2014 HIPAA report recorded a 138 percent jump in the number of health records breached from just 2012. Additionally, about 70 percent of businesses have experienced data loss due to accidental deletion, disk or system failure, viruses, fire, or other disaster. A secure file transfer service is absolutely necessary.

FTP (file transfer protocol) is the standard protocol used for data delivery services to transfer large computer files from one host to another. FTP has been around since the 1970s, but was not designed to be a secure protocol, and as such has many security weakness.

SFTP (secure file transfer protocol) was developed to address these weaknesses. An SFTP server encrypts both commands and data, which prevents both passwords and sensitive information being transmitted openly over the network. It ensures that data is securely transferred using a private and safe data stream.

Managed file transfer is a more recent and improved option to secure your FTP server. What is managed file transfer, you ask? MFT enables users to manage and monitor file transfers within and between organizations, offering a higher level of security and control than your basic FTP.

Data delivery services need to be secure in order to keep your important and confidential information safe, and in this day and age, healthcare providers simply cannot afford to be lax in their security protocols. Refernce materials: