In the wake of the WannaCry ransomware attack: Where to now for dental professionals?
As PRO clients would be aware, in May 2017, the world experienced the WannaCry ransomware attack, a global cyber-attack that brought some businesses to crisis point.
Taking many by surprise, health records were hacked into with cyber-attackers demanding money for access to computers and files. You can read in detail how widespread the attack was in our appendix below.
Many businesses were lucky not to be impacted by WannaCry, but this does not mean other attacks will not happen. In fact, another major cyber-attack hit businesses again in June 2017.
In the days after WannaCry first occurred, media articles were published warning small businesses were particularly at risk of becoming victims of future attacks with many lacking expert IT knowledge.
So what can you do to protect your practice?
With most of PRO’s clients small business owners, it is critical we spread the message that you need to keep secure IT systems and patient health records.
Cloud-based IT platforms with sophisticated encryption technology that auto-archive data are the only effective means of protecting a business’ patient health data, including its diagnostic images.
Have you ever considered PROPACS™?
Meeting the highest possible global standards in IT security and transmission encryption, PRO’s cloud-based image-archive software platform – PROPACS™ – ensures all PRO client images, referrals and radiology reports are compressed, transmitted and stored using Blowfish cypher encryption mechanisms that fragment the image, ensuring lossless transmission with no clear DICOM files detectable (Blowfish is a symmetric-key block cipher, designed in 1993 by Bruce Schneier, with no effective cryptanalysis found to date).
PROPACS™ complies with EU data-sovereignty laws, is HIPAA (USA) compliant and meets all published requirements of Australia’s AHPRA in terms of data security and privacy.
Like to find out more about PROPACS™?
If you would like to find out more about PROPACS please do not hesitate to contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 1300 24 31 10 or call +61 3 8373 4000 if phoning from outside of Australia.
PROPACS was NOT compromised during the recent WannaCry ransomware attack