Ransomware, a rapidly growing form of internet based cyber attack, a type of malicious software that encrypts a practice’s data and holds it for ransom. It can affect any computer device.

A ransomware attack can come from web browsing, email attachments, file downloads, streaming, or any other normal computer activity. The pathology of a ransomware infection is like any other type of infection. It infiltrates a body, in this case, your office computers, and locks out all your data, leaving you with no way to access any of it. In a matter of minutes, you will start to receive demands issued for a payout in exchange for a key to unlock your data. The point of infection is usually (but not limited to) your internet connection, allowing ransomwares to be transmitted into your office.

Dentists may find themselves particularly at risk as several health care organizations have recently fallen victim to ransomware, with the cyber bullies knowing that it can disrupt or even cripple your day-to-day operations and ability to provide oral health care. This inflicts significant financial losses, damages sensitive data and exposes it to a breach. It can also harm a dental provider’s good name and reputation.

If you think you are the victim of a ransomware attack, or want to take a preventative and secure approach to protect your business, we urge you to review “Secure-I.T.™ – Perimeter”, provided by Henry Schein Canada. You can download a flyer for further information by clicking here.