National Cyber Security Awareness Month: How to Protect Yourself, Rochester Regional and Patients


October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Below are good security practices and important reminders of how you can proactively protect yourself, Rochester Regional Health, and our patients.

  • Lock your computer (hit Windows Key-L) every time you walk away
  • Do not write down your passwords
  • Create complex passwords, for example: @hardPA$$w0rd
  • Pick up faxes and print-outs immediately
  • Keep your desk clean. Lock away or destroy all confidential data such as anything containing PHI (protected health information)
  • Clean whiteboards of sensitive information

Two things that you can do daily to strengthen RRH cyber security:

Make sure your computer has updated security controls in place.

To check your computer for up-to-date security controls, right click on the McAfee security shield (the red shield logo with the “M”) in the task bar at the bottom right of your screen and select “View Security Status”. The status on all the controls should be “OK.” If not, contact the Service desk immediately at 922-HELP.

Carefully examine your emails for phishing attempts.

Phishing emails are getting more sophisticated. Be wary of any email that appears to have come from outside Rochester Regional. Even for internal emails, double check the email for anything out of the ordinary or generic phrases that could have been written for any organization. Rochester Regional will never ask you for personal information or your password in an email. Do not click on any link or attachment unless you are absolutely certain that it is a valid Rochester Regional email. If you have any doubts, contact the Service Desk. And be aware that phishing attempts are now being carried out via telephones and text messages as well.

Cyber Security is more than information and equipment. It also has a physical aspect, so please remember not to let anyone without a badge into the building or into your work area. It can put you, your co-workers, and Rochester Regional Health at risk.

Whether you are working remotely, or at home relaxing, remember there are cyber security safety measures you need to keep in mind:

  • Never post any company data or confidential information on social media sites
  • Do not store company data on cloud-based services, such as DropBox
  • Ensure your home network is secure: never use the default Wi-Fi password and always use encryption for Wi-Fi networks (WPA2 or higher).

Cyber Security impacts all of us. By regularly practicing these tips, we can work together to make Rochester Regional Health an environment that protects our integrity, ourselves, and our patients.