To keep your data safe from cyberattacks, you need to take a layered approach and have multiple levels of protection.
As most dentists (hopefully!) know, ransomware continues to be a significant threat to dental offices. It’s estimated that more than one-third of all health care organizations worldwide have been attacked with ransomware, and it’s only become worse since the COVID-19 pandemic hit more than 2 years ago.
Although many practitioners may believe their practices won’t be the target of these criminals, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Patient records are the most valuable asset on the black market; they can contain names, addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers, insurance data, and credit card information. Additionally, many hackers assume that dentists have more disposable income than the average individual and can afford to pay a ransom.
It is critical to take steps to protect your practice. I’ve discussed these individually in previous articles, but here’s a list of what you need to do now to protect and secure your data:
The days of just slapping some antivirus software on your computers to protect them are long gone. Dentists need to take a layered, or stacked approach and have multiple levels of protection to keep their data safe and secure.