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Cybersecurity: Our patients are worth it

October is Cybersecurity Awareness month, but we must be vigilant every moment of every day.



I want to take this opportunity to reach out to you about the importance of information security to Asante’s Mission.

We take for granted that every day an Epic patient chart will appear when we need it, that lab systems and medical devices are always fully operational, and that our hospitals’ lighting, air and alarm systems are secure and stable. Our patients don’t expect treatment delays or errors due to a cybersecurity incident or that their private data will be sold or changed by a criminal.

Learn more on the ITS Information Security page »

Remember, we keep our patients safe when we:

  • Stay aware of current cybersecurity risks and impacts through Asante News, health care industry publications, world news and security bulletins sent from ITS.
  • Think twice before clicking a link or opening an attachment on an email that “looks real.”
  • Fully log off any system you are using when you leave your desk.
  • Contact the ITS Service Desk before plugging in a personal or nonstandard electronic device at an Asante location.
  • Protect Asante computers from any unauthorized physical or logical access, whether on-site or remotely.
  • Ensure that Asante data stored in shared data repositories (network drives (J:/, G:/, L:/, SharePoint and Teams) are well-managed and secured according to Asante security policy and procedures.
  • Report to the ITS Service Desk unsecured systems or employee behavior that puts our information assets at risk, (541) 789-4141.

The Information Security Team and I want to thank all of you for the thoughtful patient care you provide every day – just by following Asante’s security policies, procedures and best practices. Our systems remain working, secured and safe, and Asante is meeting or exceeding our patients’ expectations due to our caring work and security awareness. Keep it up!

Tags: Alfonso Powers, Cybersecurity Awareness Month, information security, ITS
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