I first learned about the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. online safety initiative from a television ad. It was the first ad that I can recall seeing on television that spoke of staying safe online. The STOP.THINK.CONNECT. website was prominently displayed in that ad. I soon found out that a non-profit organization, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), had spearheaded that effort. But, I also found out that NCSA was the driving force behind the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (each October) and Data Privacy Day (January 28th of each year). I was familiar with these “cyber holidays” through social media. Now, I understood who was behind these initiatives and I wanted to learn more.
Fortuitously, a colleague from the NCSA had reached out to me via e-mail asking if we (at HIMSS) were interested in partnering with them with their awareness initiatives. Of course, our answer was a resounding “yes.” Looking back, perhaps this was kismet. And, it has been a really fun and enjoyable experience. We at HIMSS worked with our privacy and security volunteers, including from our HIMSS Privacy and Security Committee, to develop deliverables including infographics and tip sheets. The purpose of these deliverables is to educate and inform individuals in the healthcare sector about what they can do to improve their organization’s security posture at the enterprise-level and at the workforce member-level. In terms of metrics, these deliverables resulted in 10 million potential impressions and the content being posted on hundreds of websites—that’s a lot of reach!
Here are some highlights from our infographics and tip sheets:
- The 2014 Healthcare Organization’s Guide to Keeping Information Safe and Secure - NCSAM infographic
Information organizations can use in light of increasing cyber-attacks
- 2014 Practical Tips on Safeguarding Information for Healthcare Organizations - NCSAM tip sheet
Tips for workforce members can use to keep information safe and secure
- 2015 Don’t Catch that Phish—How Not to Become a Victim – DPD tip sheet
Tips on how to deal with increasing phishing attacks
- The 2015 Healthcare Organization’s Guide to Keeping Information Safe and Secure – NCSAM infographic
Tips on proactively securing information for healthcare organizations
- The 2016 Healthcare Organization’s Guide to Safeguarding Information: Privacy Starts from Within – DPD infographic
Information organizations can use to address privacy from within
- 2016 Practical Tips on Safeguarding Information for Healthcare Organizations – DPD tip sheet
Tips for workforce members to integrate into their workflow to protect information
This year, again, we will be creating new deliverables for National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), Data Privacy Day (DPD), and Stay Safe Online. Our next set of deliverables will be for NCSAM this October. We will be posting them to www.himss.org/ncsam. That said, you can find all of our privacy and security awareness deliverables at http://www.himss.org/library/healthcare-privacy-security/initiatives.
Please join us in our social media conversation with #CyberAware during the month of October and year-round to help increase awareness in our healthcare sector!