Hundreds Of Dentist’s Offices Hit With Ransomware Attacks, Due To Compromise Of Dental Data Security Service

In response to multiple news reports that hundreds of dentist’s offices have been attacked by ransomware this week as a result of software providers Digital Dental Record and PerCSoft, two Wisconsin-based companies who collaborated on DDS Safe a dental records and patient information back-up and security organization. An expert with the Shared Assessments Program, the member-driven leaders in third party risk management, offers perspective.


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Javvad Malik, Security Awareness Advocate,  KnowBe4
August 30, 2019
One of the challenges is that technology offerings alone have not been able to prevent the spread of ransomware.
Ransomware operators, while for the most part are opportunistic, there has been a pattern emerging of late whereby they are attacking certain specific sectors such as cities, schools, and, in this case, dentist offices. The unfortunate fact that this is the third time this has happened to MSPs since June means that operators are evolving their attacks faster than organisations are able to implemen ....
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Tom Garrubba, Senior Director and CISO,  Shared Assessments
August 30, 2019
Dental offices that file claims, verify eligibility, or make digital treatment authorizations are operating under the HIPAA regulation.
Dental offices that file claims, verify eligibility, or make digital treatment authorizations are operating under the HIPAA regulation and must ensure they have appropriate security and privacy practices in place. There is a perception that dental practices have been flying under the OCR’s radar (the Office of Civil Rights investigates HIPAA violations) for years and this announcement may bring ....
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