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Dr. Lorne Lavine, founder and president of The Digital Dentist, has more than 30 years invested in the dental and dental technology fields. A graduate of USC, he earned his DMD from Boston University and completed his residency at the Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, N.Y. He received his specialty training at the University of Washington and went into private practice in Vermont until moving to California in 2002 to establish TDD, a company that focuses on the specialized technological and HIPAA needs of the dental community. He can be reached at email@example.com or 866-204-3398.
In August, the dental community and the national news media was all abuzz about the latest ransomware attacks - but unlike major retailers or other similar companies, this time the victims were dental offices. An IT provider to around 400 dental offices, mostly in Wisconsin, was compromised, and the criminals were then able to push out the ransomware virus to those practices, crippling them for days and in some cases, longer.
With ransomware being so destructive and debilitating, there are certain questions that I feel you should be asking yourself and/or your IT provider:
Ransomware can be devastating for any practice, and while you can’t prevent all malware from affecting you, as the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
If you want a free evaluation of your practice’s technology systems, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, our website at thedigitaldentist.com, or our toll-free number at 866-204-3398 X 200.