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The Biggest Information Technology Trend You Need to Know About in 2019

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2019 Trends in Information Technology

It’s hard to believe 2019 is already here, but it’s also exciting to look forward to a new year with new goals and new achievements in our industry. The IT sector has made significant improvements over the last few years, and every indication leads us to believe we can expect even more exciting things in 2019.

The Biggest Technology Trend of 2019: IT Security

Looking back on 2018 and which topics gained the most attention in the information technology world, we noticed a few things that led us to believe that the largest focus of 2019 will be security. Thanks to several major security breaches, technology security has become an ever-increasingly important focus of our industry for small and large businesses alike. The good news is that there are several ways to protect your company, consumers, and clients from hackers, identity thieves, and data breaches.

READ MORE: What Can an IT Firm Do For Me?

What is IT security?

In order to understand the process of creating IT security systems and processes, let’s talk about what information technology security is.

“IT security mostly focuses on reducing risk. As with compliance requirements, we need to be able to tighten security and have layers of protection along with policies and procedures that reduce or nearly eliminate risks or vulnerabilities.”
 
- PCS-MS Information Technology Director Kevin O’Connell

Essentially, information technology security is the process of creating a system of checks and balances to minimize the chances your company, your clients, and your consumers will be affected by:

  • Viruses
  • Malware
  • Data Breaches
  • Hackers
  • Identity Thieves
  • Insecure Cloud Storage

How can you prevent security breaches and data leaks?

Information technology security can be complex process for your team to tackle if you don’t have IT staff or an IT firm to guide you through the process. When working with any organization to prevent IT security breaches, our team works to ensure each of the following areas are addressed for optimal protection.

Anti-Virus + Anti-Malware Software and Updates

Just how important is anti-malware and anti-virus software? Extremely important. In addition to creating a physical barrier between viruses and malware and your computer and the data stored on it, anti-virus and anti-malware software also notifies you of potential threats, allowing you to make informed decisions regarding:

  • Software Downloads
  • Email Links + Downloads
  • Phishing Scams
  • SPAM
  • Ransomware

PCS-MS can recommend the right solution for your business needs, and we’ll also ensure that any existing software is up to date, giving you the most bang for your buck and ensuring your software is functioning as well as it can.

IT Security Policies and Procedures

PCS-MS can also help small and large businesses with the creation and implementation of company security policies and procedures which can protect your systems from internal and external threats. We’ve also worked with employers to provide employee training to ensure individuals understand the importance of various security measures. This may include training on:

  • PCI Compliance
  • HIPAA Compliance
  • MIPS/MACRO Compliance
  • SOX Compliance
  • Safe Email Procedures
  • Safe Software Download + Update Procedures
  • Safe Browsing Habits

If you’re interested in having PCS-MS provide training for any aspect of your team’s systems and software, let us know. We’ve offered training and support for healthcare organizations, doctor’s offices, and more.

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IT Network + Systems Monitoring

An information technology security firm can help you create and monitor a secure network to prevent data breaches in order to help your team make the most of your technology. We can accomplish this in several ways:

  • Ensuring anti-virus and anti-malware are installed and up to date on all computers
  • Ensuring all hardware and software are functioning optimally
  • Encrypting emails and other sensitive data
  • Providing secure cloud storage

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PCI, HIPAA, SOX compliance

Government regulations are important for maintaining secure systems, but the many guidelines one has to sift through in order to ensure compliance can be exhausting. Does your organization have the ability to conduct audits ensuring your systems and software follow NIST cybersecurity standards?

Is cybersecurity compliance optional or required?

These standards are not optional, but vital for ensuring PCI, HIPAA, MIPS, MACRA, and SOX compliance. Our team can help conduct audits to ensure you have everything you need in place to be compliance with any number of federal regulations for healthcare providers and businesses which store sensitive consumer information such as credit cards online.

HIPAA Compliance Checklist (2019)

From ensuring all online forms which collect sensitive patient data are secure to create secure networks for storing patient health information, an information technology firm can be a necessary asset for any healthcare organization which seeks to remain compliant with government regulations and guidelines. If your team is unable to manage any of the following, we recommend bringing in a third party, specifically an experienced IT firm, to do the job. Our team can assist with the creation, implementation, and management of:

This also includes conducting regular security audits on the following:

  • Hardware + Equipment
  • Systems + Software
  • Applications + Email
  • Employees + Vendors

Employee and vendor audits include, but are not limited to, the following types of individuals:

  • Full-Time Staff
  • Part-Time Staff
  • Contractors
  • Agencies
  • Interns + Students
  • Volunteers

WHAT ELSE CAN AN IT FIRM DO FOR ME?  →

Posted by Kevin O'Connell at 5:13 PM
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