Small Practice Cybersecurity

cybersecurity for small practicesAfter the Change Healthcare cyberattack, you may be wondering, “How can I protect my small practice from a cybersecurity incident?” Unfortunately, a lot of providers and facilities fail to install proper cybersecurity software and infrastructure, or fall behind in maintaining it. Even more often, we hear practice owners say, “My healthcare practice is small, why would anyone target me?” Smaller medical practices often operate under the misconception that they are too insignificant to attract the attention of cybercriminals.

In today’s digital age, cyberthreats pose a significant risk to healthcare practices of all sizes. The reality is, no practice or business is too small to be targeted, especially in the healthcare industry. Healthcare is one of the most targeted industries by hackers because of how valuable sensitive patient information is on the dark web.


Imagine for a moment that a patient’s medical history, filled with personal and sensitive details, falls into the wrong hands. A single data breach at your office could be devastating, compromising the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of patient records, putting individuals’ privacy and well-being at stake. Such an event risks patients’ privacy and well-being and causing those patients immense stress. Furthermore, the financial and reputational consequences of a successful cyberattack can be devastating, potentially leading to hefty fines, legal liabilities, and irreparable damage to the practice’s credibility. At the very least, it could disrupt your ability to effectively deliver care to those who need it.

Implementing robust cybersecurity measures is no longer an option but a necessity for small practices. Strong cybersecurity safeguards your patients’ information and your practice’s operations, ensuring continued trust and uninterrupted service. A comprehensive strategy should encompass various aspects, including employee training, access controls, data encryption, scheduled offsite backups, secure communication channels, and regular risk assessments.

Forewarned is ForearmedCybersecurity after the Change Healthcare attack

By being proactive and prioritizing cybersecurity, practices can protect sensitive patient data, maintain regulatory compliance, and foster trust among their patient base. Additionally, investing in cybersecurity can safeguard your operations, ensuring continuity of care and minimizing disruptions caused by cyber incidents. In an era where cyberthreats are escalating, these measures are essential for healthcare practices of all sizes to protect their patients, reputation, and long-term viability. Managed IT services from Microwize can help; contact us today for more information.