Guest Column | June 4, 2015

3 Ways Channel Partners Can Become Experts In Healthcare IT Security

Neal Bradbury

By Neal Bradbury, Senior Director of Channel Development, Intronis MSP Solutions by Barracuda

With data breaches on the rise in the U.S., the security of personal data is becoming a growing concern for both consumers and businesses, and rightly so. The major cyberattack experienced earlier this year by Anthem exposed the sensitive healthcare information of 80 million Americans — nearly a quarter of the U.S. population. And that’s just one example.

So what do you need to know and do to help properly protect and store your customers’ data?  Here is some practical advice for managed services providers (MSPs) and VARs servicing the IT needs of the healthcare industry. 

  1. Know And Understand The Law. As a business associate (BA) of a healthcare provider, channel partners must first be HIPAA compliant themselves. As such, it is important that MSPs and VARs have the same administrative, physical, and technical safeguards in place to protect any and all information that they have access to, including information stored in datacenters and by cloud-based backup and data protection providers.

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