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Dentists and Staffs Advised to Be on Alert for Internet Security Risks

The ADA and AAE  are advising dentists and their practice staffs to be aware of possible internet security related risks after Russia attacked Ukraine.

According to a news release from the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, cyberattacks “are likely to occur and may unintentionally spill over to organizations in other countries.”

Destructive malware can present a direct threat to an organization’s daily operations, impacting the availability of critical assets and data. While there is no specific, credible threat to the United States at this time, all organizations should assess and bolster their cybersecurity. Some immediate actions that can be taken to strengthen cyber posture include:

  • Enabling multifactor authentication when there is remote login capability.
  • Setting antivirus and antimalware programs to conduct regular scans.
  • Enabling strong spam filters to help prevent phishing emails from reaching end users.
  • Updating software.
  • Filtering network traffic.

To learn more about the risks and other ways you can protect yourself and practice from cyberattacks, read the ADA News‘ article and the full advisory from CISA and the FBI.