Dental offices are now being hit with Ransomware (cyber blackmail). If you own or work in a dental practice, you need to know what Ransomware is, and the ramifications of this serious security breach. You should learn more about mac security software if you are interested in safeguarding the future of your dental practice.
Ransomware Trojans are a type of cyberware that is designed to extort money from a dental office. Often, Ransomware will demand a “ransom” payment in order to release the hijacked dental office software.
The hijacking of dental office software can include:
- Encrypting data and software that is used by a dental practice (Eagle Soft or Dentrix) – so that the dental office can no longer have access any type of patient information
- Blocking normal access to the entire dental office software
How Ransomware Enters Dental Office Computers
The most common ways in which Ransomware is installed are:
- Via phishing emails, or
- As a result of visiting a website that contains a malicious program
After the Ransomware has infiltrated a particular computer or network, they leave a ransom message on the computer screen that demands the payment of BitCon Currency in order to decrypt the files or restore the system to its normal function. In most cases, the ransom message will appear when the user restarts their computer after the entire infiltration has taken place.
In order to keep on top of the latest cybersecurity breaches, we have taken the intuitive to consult with cybersecurity forensic experts, in order to assist our dental clients, both before the breach occurs [for preventive measures] and after a breach occurs [to determine the extent of the damages]. Of course, independent dental practices can always look to protect their offices by reaching out to some IT services Calgary area or somewhere more local to their dental office. By reaching out to IT professionals, they can reduce the chances of their business being hit by this Ransomware.
If a dental office is infected with Ransomware, a practice could suffer a massive security breach, and be subject to huge HIPAA fines [$100.00 to $50,000.00 per violation, as well as $250,000.00 in criminal fines].
Stuart J. Oberman, Esq.
Stuart J. Oberman is the founder and President of Oberman Law Firm. Mr. Oberman graduated from Urbana University and received his law degree from John Marshall Law School. Mr. Oberman has been practicing law for over 30 years, and before going into private practice, Mr. Oberman was in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 Company.
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