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HIPAA Security Reminder of the Week


Malware, short for malicious software, is any software used to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems.  Source: Wikipedia.

Ways to avoid Malware affecting your machine, network and data:

  • Avoid clicking on links in any type of email or webpage unless you are positive it is safe.
  • Avoid visiting website of doubtful reputation.
  • Never install software without prior approval from your IT department &/or Information Security Officer.
  • Don’t use portable media such as USB drives, CD or DVDs without having the IT department verify they are malware free.

Prevention Measures

  • Run current antivirus & anti-malware protection on all systems.
  • Ensure the operating system and software has been updated to the most current versions (patched).

Got Malware?!

Suspect a malware infection? Report it immediately to your Information Security Officerl &/or your IT department – know your company’s policy on malware incident reporting.