4 Ways to Improve VPN Safety for Remote Healthcare Work

HealthTech Magazine

Karen Scarfone

Many remote healthcare teams rely on virtual private networks to safely send and receive data. But the encryption service can be infiltrated by threat actors, as noted in a recent advisory from the Department of Homeland Security that predicts more VPN attacks are likely during the pandemic. Consider these tips to protect your VPN servers:

1. Deal with VPN Security Weaknesses Immediately
Any vulnerability in a VPN server’s operating system, services or other software could be used to attack other systems or to access and manipulate employees’ network communications. For software bugs, know when patches and updates are released; test and deploy them as quickly as possible. Continuously monitor security-related software configuration settings and alert your teams when a setting is altered without consent.

2. Limit VPN Direct Access to Approved Parties
Only authorized administrators should have direct access to VPN servers. Healthcare workers and other users don’t need it (their network traffic will flow through the VPN servers). To that end, only allow...

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