8 ways dental practices can protect against cyber attacks

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a warning to businesses during the pandemic's early stages, urging them to protect themselves against hackers looking to exploit vulnerable businesses via cyber attacks.

Here are eight tips the American Dental Association shared for dentists to consider when protecting their practices against cyber criminals:

  1. Make all members of the dental staff aware of cyber threats and instruct them not to open any suspicious emails or files.

  2. Ensure dental staff are using strong passwords.

  3. Back up your data.

  4. Use an email content filtering system.

  5. Install anti-malware software.

  6. Limit administrative access at workstations when possible.

  7. Update systems consistently and test them against the newest vulnerabilities.

  8. Have a plan ready in case your practice becomes a cyber attack victim.

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