Information security in general practice

Securing your network and equipment

Network perimeter controls

        1. Network perimeter controls

Network perimeter controls

Network perimeter controls protect your practice systems and local network by controlling data entering and leaving your local network. They are essential for anyone using the internet.

Your practice should have reliable network perimeter controls in place including multiple protection mechanisms such as firewalls, intrusion prevention systems (IPS), intrusion detection systems (IDS), virtual private networks (VPNs), content filtering and malicious software protection. Qualified technical support can be engaged for installation and configuration of these mechanisms.

Remote access to your practice information systems via a wireless network is convenient, but requires additional security measures. Any type of remote access should have encryption, such as multifactor authentication, set up to ensure information confidentiality is maintained.

WiFi networks and devices should have encryption set up to ensure information confidentiality. It is important that you follow vendor guidelines and speak to your technical service provider about secure WiFi configuration for your practice.