Will Your Practice be Targeted by Hackers?

If you operate a small practice, it’s likely that you will be targeted in 2018.

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Smaller providers are likely to be the new target of ransomware and hacking in 2018.

Along with small providers, devices connected to the internet will also likely be targeted this year by cyber crime.

Experts think that hackers have finished hacking the largest healthcare organizations in 2017 and are now turning to a broader mix of healthcare practices. It is likely this trend will continue through at least 2019.

Cyber criminals have fine-tuned their hacking abilities, so that it is easier and less expensive to target small healthcare practices.

Medical records continue to be of high value on the black market to support identity theft and fraud. Health care organizations are also frequently targets of ransomware.

So what should you do if you are a small healthcare provider?

Take action now, before you are hit with ransomware or before you fall victim to cyber crime.

Test your systems for vulnerabilities and make sure that your security systems are up to date. Is your software updated? If not, it should be.

Be persistent with your staff. Make sure that your staff is trained regularly on email phishing, breach readiness, and your security policies and procedures. Ensure that passwords are changed regularly.

Make sure your staff knows who is the Security Officer for your practice.

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