Mastering the Basics: Password Security FAQ’s

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Mastering the Basics: Password Security FAQ’s

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Remember our call to action for a Password Audit in our Healthcare Cybersecurity Resolutions blog a few weeks back? As January draws to a close, now is the perfect time to tick off this achievable and cost-free goal. Dive into this week’s blog for an in-depth guide on crafting and sustaining robust passwords that fortify your healthcare organization!
 
A: Passwords are the primary defense against unauthorized access to electronic protected health information (ePHI). They serve as a crucial barrier, ensuring patient confidentiality and compliance with healthcare regulations. 
 
A: Worry less about the type of characters and focus on creating long, unique passwords for each account. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recommends these ‘passphrases’ – longer combinations of words that are easier to remember and harder to crack. 
 
A: According to NIST guidelines, the frequency of changing passwords has evolved. Instead of enforcing arbitrary time-based intervals, NIST recommends focusing on the following principles: 
 
A: Password Managers streamline the management of credentials by generating and storing complex passwords securely. They also facilitate the use of unique passwords for each account, reducing the vulnerabilities associated with password reuse. Many reputable Password Managers and web browsers offer free versions with basic functionalities, though if your budget allows, we recommend paying for a premium version that includes advanced security measures and additional features. 
 
A: Password policies must align with HIPAA regulations to safeguard patient information. Ensuring compliance involves crafting password protocols that meet regulatory standards and regularly updating them in response to evolving threats. 
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