Defendify Co-Founder Rob Simopoulos was recently asked to discuss cybersecurity with a local group of dentists at their group meeting on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019. The group meets regularly to discuss various topics and learn from each other, and was interested in having a conversation about cybersecurity.
As medical providers, dental practices are regulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requiring compliance with specific cybersecurity measures to protect Protective Health Information. Dentists and other medical professionals have a responsibility to protect patient data, stored both in computer systems and in hard copy format.
Did you know? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights maintains a public Breach Portal and archive enumerating cases currently under investigation. This not only helps to encourage best practices, but is required by section 13402(e)(4) of the HITECH Act mandating that a list be posted of all unsecured protected health information affecting 500 or more individuals.
Rob’s presentation covered cybersecurity considerations for Small Business, recent incidents involving dental and medical practices, and how these providers can protect their business and their customers. Healthcare data is a hot commodity on the Dark Web, meaning that healthcare practices, including dentist’s offices, can be highly targeted by cyberattackers. It’s critical that dental practices and other medical professionals take steps to protect their patients’ data.
The presentation covered actionable steps to deploy a multi-layered cybersecurity program, and breaking down cybersecurity into a more accessible format using straight talk, not tech talk. The goal was for attendees to leave the presentation with a better overall understanding of cybersecurity and the steps they can take to reduce their vulnerabilities and help secure their practice. The more businesses understand about cybersecurity, the better they can protect themselves.
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