It is well known that laboratories often handle sensitive information. The negative consequences can be severe when there is a breach of data and confidentiality. Therefore, when choosing a good Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), the security of the LIMS should be a primary consideration.
Sensitive data is all confidential information stored, processed, or managed by a laboratory relating to a patient or client that should not be revealed to a third party and is only accessible to authorized users. It is necessary to safeguard the privacy and integrity of all sensitive data to avoid penalties, financial loss, or compromising an institution’s security.
Sensitive data can be categorized into four main categories:
1. Protected Health Information (PHI)
2. Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
3. Commercial Information
4. Clinical Trials and Study Information
A LIMS can handle security in different ways. From assigning log-ins and passwords to each user to restricting access to information that does not apply to them. Also, a suitable LIMS should ensure that information remains secure in case of system failures or cyberattacks.
In this talk, I will unveil five essential considerations that you should take into account when choosing a LIMS:
1. Secure Data Servers
2. Secure Login
3. Role-based Access
4. Captcha and Two-Factor Authentication
5. Data Encryption (in transmission & at rest)
1. Discuss sensitive data handled by laboratories.
2. List measures you must take to prevent cyberattacks in your laboratory.
3. Explain how an informatics tool, such as a LIMS, can help secure sensitive data and prevent cyberattacks.