In today’s highly-digitized world, most businesses and institutions do a substantial amount of work via computer networks and the internet. Unfortunately, this produces a number of potential vulnerabilities for hackers and other cyber criminals, particularly in the healthcare sector. Nursing homes are at unique risk, due to the high volume of confidential medical and financial information retained for inhabitants. For this reason, establishing effective cyber security in nursing homes, including comprehensive insurance to cover cyber breaches, are essential for the well-being of the institution and its inhabitants.
What Unique Cyber Risks Do Nursing Homes Face?
Nursing home computer networks may store expansive amounts of data about residents, including private medical information, private financial information, other familial information, prescription medication schedules, and more. Such facilities may be on the receiving end of any of the following types of attacks:
- Email phishing attempts — to which older and less tech-savvy residents may potentially be more vulnerable
- Data thefts of confidential information
- Data ransomware attacks, where confidential information is held “hostage” until a demanded ransom is paid
- Physical theft of expensive and data-laden electronic equipment
An experienced insurer can help put into place safeguards to protect from data breaches, while establishing a comprehensive policy that will cover the nursing home in the event of any breach — both protecting the institution and its residents.