Nocturnal Technologies is your trusted local dental cybersecurity company in the Wheaton, IL area. We specialize in providing IT security for dental practices that want to protect their business from cyberattacks that can result in stolen patient information, revenue loss, and even fines. Contact us today to learn more about our cybersecurity for dental practices.
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As the incidence of cyberattacks continues to grow, health care practices are becoming a more frequent target regardless of how big or small they are. Today, modern dental practices use computers for much more than basic record keeping and billing. Technology is now used at much greater level of sophistication, for scheduling appointments, digital radiography, charting, and even digitized dentistry. This means a lot more data is being stored and many more entry points for cyber criminals to attack.
The frequency and severity of attacks on medical practices, including dental care providers, have increased, and practices of all sizes are being impacted. These ransomware and malware attacks can shut down and compromise networks, resulting in downtime, potential loss of data and even penalties from regulatory agencies. It is important now, more than ever, to take the necessary steps to protect your practice.
In addition to the need to comply with HIPAA regulations, it makes good sense to deploy the best business-grade equipment to secure your network from intrusions and attack. There are many choices when it comes to choosing the right solutions. Nocturnal Technologies has partnerships with best-in-class hardware providers and can help you make the right choices for the needs of your practice.
Anti-malware software, also known as antivirus software, is designed to detect, remove and prevent viruses, and other malware like worms, trojans, adware, spyware, and more. It can also protect against other threats like spam, scam and phishing attacks, social engineering attacks and others. It is critical that these tools be installed on your network and are consistently kept up-to-date. Without antivirus protection, a computer can be infected within minutes of connecting to the internet. This can result in disruption of your business activities, loss of data and the risk infecting the other computers on your network. Even worse, it could qualify as a breach under HIPAA. Nocturnal Technologies will ensure that your network has the latest versions of anti-malware software to keep your practice secure.
Sometimes the biggest threat to your network’s security is the unintentional exposure caused by your office personnel’s innocent web browsing. They can inadvertently land on websites that have been designed to automatically download malicious content that can infect and take control of your environment or seeks to elicit confidential information. We’ll protect your network using the latest web threat scanning technology to identify and block malicious content from infecting your environment.
Prevention is the always the best medicine and the security of your network is no exception. With the proliferation of social media, streaming services and shopping sites on the web, it’s how many people spend their downtime while in the office as well as home. Allowing unrestricted access to the internet on your office computers can not only impede productivity, it can expose your practice to inappropriate or malicious content as mentioned above. We can help you maintain productivity and minimize those risks with an effective web filtering strategy that prevents access to time-consuming and risky websites that can harm your practice.
Our cybersecurity audit involves working with your IT team to understand the complete landscape of your practice’s IT footprint. This includes documenting where and how data is stored, what protocols are in place to protect the data, and how it is accessed. It is important to know if there are remote employees, 3rd parties such as billing companies accessing your network, what mobile devices team members are using, etc. All of these scenarios are additional areas of potential exposure to cyber threats.
HIPAA requires that covered entities, which includes dental practices, undergo cybersecurity awareness training to mitigate the risk of human error causing exposure to cyberattacks. Recent studies indicate that there is a 50%-75% reduction in cyberattacks against healthcare entities with properly trained staff. We will educate your team on all the various hacking and social engineering methods used by cybercriminals, how to spot them, and what to do if they believe they are being targeted or have fallen victim.
It’s important to identify the vulnerabilities in your network in order to put the appropriate remedies in place. These vulnerabilities include weak passwords, outdated equipment, unpatched operating systems, open ports on computers or firewalls, unsecure network protocols, and improperly configured firewalls. We’ll use our sophisticated tools and technologies to search for these “open doors and windows” on your network that leave you exposed to cyberattacks, and work with your IT team to lock them down.
Penetration testing is an ethical hacking technique that mimics how cybercriminals can break into your network, using the same tools, techniques and protocols that a hacker would use to break into your network. The penetration test is the next step after the vulnerability scan, in that it leverages the skills of the ethical hacker to break in to seemingly secured parts of your network, and provides that information to the IT team so that they can add additional layers of security to keep the real hackers out.
Trust your cybersecurity to Nocturnal Technologies
Keep in mind, even if you already work with an IT company to implement and maintain your technology, it doesn’t mean you have full cybersecurity protection. Many IT companies partner with a cybersecurity company to independently audit its work. Only an IT company that specializes in cybersecurity can ensure the security of your network.
A data breach can have devastating legal, financial and reputational impacts on your practice. When you trust your cybersecurity to us, we’ll ensure you have the right hardware, software, employee training and security protocols in place to protect the practice you’ve worked so hard to build. Contact us today to learn more.
Since 2002, Nocturnal Technologies has been serving its clients in Chicago and the the surrounding area. We pride ourselves on using tested, proven, and tried and true technology solutions. These are solutions that we not only recommend to you, but ones that we also use.
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