9 best practices to remove cybersecurity risks

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More recently, dental practices have been susceptible to security breaches and ransomware attacks. However, even though dentists are installing more technology and turning to the cloud, there are still steps practices can take to reduce cybersecurity risks.

Black Talon Security specializes in securing dental practices' networks and serves by finding "unlocked doors and windows" hackers may compromise.

Gary Salman, CEO of Black Talon Security, gave nine best practices for computer hygiene to protect critical systems and patient data.

1. Ensure that everyone uses strong passwords.

2. Install anti-virus software on all computers and make sure it is up to date.

3. Patch computers and applications with the latest releases.

4. Configure your backup properly and test to make sure it can actually be restored.

5. Ensure that your staff are using unique usernames and passwords.

6. Use a cybersecurity company to run vulnerability and penetration tests on your
network.

7. Make sure team members are locking their computers before leaving them unattended.

8. Have your information technology company install firmware updates on all your devices.

9. Don't store patient information on local workstations. Save it on the server.

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