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They say technology is the great equalizer, fueling business growth and innovation, and that’s certainly true here in Alberta. Almost anyone, anywhere, can start a business with nothing more than an internet connection and a laptop. But that same technology has also shown us repeatedly the risk involved in having that ability – and Calgary organizations need strong IT security. Whether you’re just starting your business or you’re simply trying to keep up with the rapidly changing business environment, the investment you make in IT security should be as high a priority as obtaining your next customer.
Dentists Need Strong IT Security
Dental practices are automating services – from payments to scheduling to patient charts – and the security required to protect the data and the gateways that allow access to the data is significant. Dental practices need strong IT security, as they are among those small businesses at which 43% of all cyber-attacks are aimed. And because dental practices and other healthcare facilities have special regulatory compliance requirements to protect patient data, IT security is more important than ever.
Lawyers Need Strong IT Security
From assessing the stability of your IT infrastructure to ensuring that client files and data are secure, attorney firms and solo practice lawyers need strong IT security to prevent theft of proprietary and confidential information. In a law office, everything is confidential; therefore, everything is at risk – from privileged client information to trade secrets to litigation tactics. Hackers are always looking for information they can exploit or sell.
Oil and Gas Companies Need Strong IT Security
In recent months, there have been a growing number of reports about hackers trying to penetrate the energy sector. The vulnerability of the energy industry goes beyond simply losing clients or disrupting business; cyber-attacks could wreak havoc on entire communities and threaten the safety of individuals. The need for IT security in the energy industry cannot be overstated.
Small Businesses Need Strong IT Security
Small businesses don’t have the budget to have an in-house IT staff, but SMEs face as much risk as larger corporations. The only way to level the playing field is to implement strong IT security. Luckily, managed services do level the playing field for small businesses in Canada, offering them access to competitive levels of expertise and security.
Whether you are a healthcare firm, an oil and gas company, a legal firm, or in one of the many other industries The ITeam supports, such as construction and accounting, Calgary organizations need strong IT security. The ITeam understands the IT security issues facing Canada businesses. We are committed to helping Calgary- and Alberta-based businesses develop proactive, cost-effective IT strategies that minimize risk and maximize efficiency. Contact us to learn more.
Healthcare companies are an “irresistible” target for hackers, yet many dentists may believe that they are immune to cybersecurity breaches.
Although the news certainly reports high-profile health care organizations are primarily becoming victims of cyber-attacks, smaller medical and dental practices are equally at risk.
In fact, the harm is often more significant to small businesses that lack the resources to recover from financial and reputational damage.
Now, more than ever, dentists need to explore IT security management for their practices.
The healthcare breaches aren’t new in Canada, but they are costly
One of the worst security breaches to happen in Canada resulted from the theft of an unencrypted laptop that exposed the personal data of more than half a million Medicentre Family Health Care Clinic patients.
Millions of health care records in the U.S. and Canada have been compromised over the last few years, and over half of organizations that have experienced data breaches are smaller practices.
Access is often gained through stolen devices, such as tablets, mobile phones, and laptops, as well as through phishing attempts.
Unauthorized access is easier with smaller organizations that are less likely to have invested in comprehensive cybersecurity measures, and hackers are taking advantage.
Even accidental data loss can be devastating to a small dental practice
Old software systems that are not properly maintained are partially at fault for the ease in which hackers can access private data.
Shockingly, many practices continue to ignore the importance of implementing an off-site backup system to protect their data from ransomware or catastrophic loss.
Data may not be lost to the black market, but patients will question your reliability.
Dentists have significant amounts of data to monitor
Dental offices of any size typically have hundreds, if not thousands, of patients.
Although some patients will make frequent visits to the dentist, most will only be seen a few times a year.
To be sure, the number of cavities a patient has is of little interest to hackers, but dental offices end up being responsible for vast amounts of personal data beyond tooth health.
Dental practices and other medical offices are appealing because any medical office will have basic personal information, such as addresses, phone numbers, social insurance numbers, and more.
A dental office with only a basic security network will fail to prevent a data breach, resulting in a significant quantity of compromised information.
If no managed security system is in place, then there is no way to guarantee that data is protected.
Technology has made managing a dental office much easier with the ability to track patients and provide excellent service.
However, every dental office should be aware of the risks that exist and how to manage those risks, which includes implementing a robust cybersecurity strategy as well as providing comprehensive employee training.
Do not wait to become a victim before you take action.
The ITeam understands the cybersecurity issues facing Canada dental practices. We are committed to helping Calgary- and Alberta-based dentists and medical professionals develop proactive, cost-effective IT strategies that minimize risk and maximize efficiency. Contact us to learn more.
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