To protect practices from the daily threats presented by cyber-attackers, the California Dental Association is warning members to avoid certain types of online risk.
Although antivirus and malware blockers are essential, evolving threats may temporarily elude security software, so best practices in avoiding hackers are imperative.
Email remains a key threat with its ability to mount several types of cyberattacks on unsuspecting recipients. Some attacks spoof a co-worker's email address and request money in a message that looks legitimate. Other messages contain links to sites that can install viruses. Others are outright ransomware, where hackers encrypt a computer’s data, holding it hostage until a dollar amount is paid.
Some hackers will even call offices under the guise of a survey, attempting to obtain passwords and answers to security questions to compromise a network.
Visit the CDA’s website at www.cda.org under “privacy/HIPAA” for more tips on keeping patient information safe.