Information Health Management
The term “infosecurity” refers to the prevention of information security breaches, which may include data breaches between third parties and organizations. This is not only a legal matter but also a public policy concern, as all information stored by organizations in the public sector must be secure. The term “infosecurity” itself therefore implies both an awareness of information security and the need to secure information. However, insecurity can be managed more effectively with the use of appropriate policies and procedures.
It has been found that most organizations are unprepared when it comes to managing information security issues. The most common approach is to make information security a low priority activity in an organization, despite the fact that the risk of information security threats is rising rapidly. Organizations tend to treat security as a reactive process, rather than as a proactive process. In this case, if an organization does not handle a data breach immediately, the threat could go unnoticed and therefore the chance of it being exploited becomes higher. Strict adherence to information security standards is a must in any organization, and this must be achieved through policies and procedures that are put into place.
Information security threats can either come from internal sources such as employees, or external sources like third party vendors, hackers or social media. Internal sources include data that have been compromised by a hacker (who may be an employee of the organization or an external third party) or data that have been obtained through unauthorized access to the computer. On the other hand, external sources refer to data that have been obtained by hacking, whether it is through data theft data manipulation or data fraud. When it comes to social media, threats can either come from internal sources or external sources.
There is a risk that an organization will lose control over its data because it will be poorly protected in storage devices. This can lead to data loss, data corruption and system crashes. At the same time, there is also a risk that the organization may fail to report data loss or corruption to authorized personnel. An example of this would be if an employee of the organization has his or her laptop stolen. Without proper controls, the employee may continue to work on the stolen laptop, spreading the infection to other computers, servers and applications.
With regards to security threats to information, the most common threats involve malware, which is a harmful program or application that spreads through various means and can corrupt files and expose critical system information or data. This type of threat can either spread via downloads, email attachments and even through digitally attached documents and files. Malware often infiltrates a computer without a user’s awareness, and may then cause a number of problems including system crashes, data corruption and data loss. In addition, spyware may also spread via the network and can potentially harm network users and even potentially allow hackers to gain access to company confidential information. As more organizations are seeing the dangers of these threats, they are now focusing their attention on securing their information and systems from outside influences.
Staying ahead of the threat requires health information management solutions that will help organizations develop an information hierarchy and identify threats early. This approach will help organizations mitigate against external threats by developing a hierarchy of security controls, each targeting specific threats and providing the means to protect the organization from them. By using this approach, organizations can better protect their data from hackers and unauthorized access and then can monitor and respond to any attempts to intrude upon the system.