Myth Buster Series: Is your data management software really secure?
April is Oral Health Month. And this year, CDA OASIS is busting myths and tackling topics including pregnancy and dental health, what really erodes enamel, social media, and more!
Today, we’re talking cyber security for dentists.
True or False? All data management and patient information software includes anti-malware and antivirus protection features that properly safeguard clinic information against cyber attacks.
Answer: Not necessarily.
Not all software (and platforms) have the appropriate security features that are required for your individual dental practice, automatically built-in to their functionality. For instance, a small clinic with one dentist and a small group of staff requires a set of different security requirements than a large office with many dentists and staff.
Dental offices are unique compared to other businesses because they are responsible for securely holding three types of information:
Whatever the software, dentists must ensure it is secure and it protects against more than just viruses. Depending on your needs, you may even need to implement additional software for anti-virus and anti-malware that can stand up to attacks that initiate from browsing the internet or those that come through email. Your practice should also have clearly articulated staff acceptable-use policies.
Remember, cyber security attacks do impact dental offices. Simply being online puts your office and its data at risk.
Cyber Security Tips
Cyber Security Resources for Dentists:
Check out our Cyber Security Series to learn more:
For more information about sharing your practice’s secure data with other dental healthcare professionals, check out our article, Secure Send. Secure Electronic Communications for Canadian Dentists.
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Happy Oral Health Month!
CDA Oasis Team