Protect Your Practice

September 28, 2021by Lisa Philp

Cyber criminals are targeting small business, including your dental office

Ransomware Fast Facts:*

  • 43% of cyber attacks are aimed at small business and only 14% are prepared to defend themselves
  • Average cost to a business is $200,000 and often they close the business within 6 months
  • More than 50% of all small businesses suffered a breach within the last year

Cybercrime is now the fastest-growing form of criminal activity; and they prefer to target small business, including your dental office. The reason hackers target small business is because most don’t have dedicated IT personnel on staff, therefore software is out-of-date, and systems are not being protected with the diligence they require.

The most common cybercrime right now is ransomware. Ransomware is a type of malicious software, or malware, designed to deny access to a computer system or data until a ransom is paid. Ransomware typically spreads through phishing emails or by unknowingly visiting an infected website. It can be devastating to an individual or an organization as experienced by many small businesses, municipalities and hospitals that have recently been targeted.

Malware attacks computer networks but remains invisible to average users for weeks or months. During that time, it collects information about the organization and its perceived ability to pay a ransom. It then locks files, demanding the network owner pay a sum of money to make them accessible again. So, the number one question is how does this happen? Running out-of-date software, letting anti-virus software expire and clicking on malicious email links are all ways you let malware onto your system.

All too often we encounter dental offices who are using home versions of software or anti-virus protection which leaves not only their business data vulnerable but also their patient’s personal information like name, address, birth date and credit card information. The solution to any business owner is to use enterprise-level software that has additional safeguards in place to protect both you and your client’s information.

When you work with Consys Group, we provide the following specialties:​

  • Custom dental IT solutions that build on your current business and IT infrastructure
  • High-level security structures that protect your practice and your patient data
  • User-focused tools and training that make implementing new systems a breeze
  • Long-term management of IT systems and infrastructure

We focus on your IT so you can focus on your business growth and patient experience. Our seasoned IT consultants work with you to guide your technology strategies, helping you align them with your business and process strategies. We provide strategic, architectural, operational, and implementation planning for all your IT needs.

We take pride in a proactive approach to protect your practice — we invite you to see for yourself.

Consys Group Inc. 226-973-9208

Lisa Philp