When it comes to data breaches, hackers and identity thieves have shown an affinity towards targeting medical and dental offices, and the reason for this can be explained by a situation recently reported by a New Mexico news television station.
A Case Study Demonstrating the Importance of Data Security
According to KRQE from Albuquerque, a local dentist recently set up a website explaining that a laptop bag containing an external hard drive was stolen from his clinic. The hard drive in question contained personal information of patients, including:
- Date of birth
- Social security number
The stolen patient records have enough information for skilled cybercrime groups to set up credit cards and apply for loans in the names of the victims. The data in the stolen hard drive was formatted to be used with a dental office management software known as Dentrix, which in the past has been questioned for its use of obfuscation algorithms instead of data encryption.
Protect Adelanto Medical Data with SonicCloud
Medical and dental professionals should not believe that hackers will not be able to access patient data entered into practice management software. There is no guarantee that the thief who took the laptop mentioned herein will simply format the external hard drive for the purpose of using it and selling it. Sophisticated hackers may be able to get a working copy of Dentrix; if it is an older version of the software, they may be able to figure out the data obfuscation algorithm, which is a more plausible scenario than cracking encryption without a key.
Instead of taking a chance on external hard drives, Adelanto health care practitioners should think about secure solutions such as SonicCloud. With a self-hosted SonicCloud server, Adelanto business owners have complete control over data storage, backups, file transfers, and encryption. SonicCloud is a HIPAA compliant solution that is ideal for dental clinics and medical practices.
If you would like more information about SonicCloud services in Adelanto, we invite you to contact one of our cloud computing professionals at Sonic Systems to learn more about advanced features such as virus scanning, two-factor authentication, smart file notifications, strong data encryption, ransomware protection, and others.