Cybersecurity: What Nurses Need to Know

September 15, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under Communication, For Employers, For the Workforce, Trainings for Employers, Trainings for the Workforce

Last modified September 16, 2020

In a recent article by MedPage Today, Casey Crane, a cybersecurity journalist at, answered questions about cybersecurity and what nurses need to know. Here are a few of the pertinent points she shares in avoiding an attack:

  • One of the best ways that nurses can protect their patients’ personal and healthcare-related information is to inform themselves about cybersecurity best practices.
  • Always use unique passwords for your accounts.
  • Never plug personal devices (or unauthorized devices) into workstations or work devices.
  • Don’t click on attachments or links in emails without first inspecting the messages.
  • If you receive an unusual or urgent request, call to confirm.
  • Be aware of what’s going on around you. Not all data breaches occur because of cyber-attacks… sometimes, they come in the form of physical security breaches. Is there someone hanging around the nurses’ station that you don’t recognize or who doesn’t belong there? Ask them if they need help.
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