How to live more securely in a connected world:
If You Connect It, Protect It
The phrase “If You Connect It, Protect It” is a call to secure any object that’s connected to the internet. This applies to the Internet of Things — IoT, for short — everyday objects that can connect to the internet and share data with each other.
For instance, you may have a smart speaker that can tell you how to make a perfect boiled egg, a digital doorbell that lets you look at your smartphone to see who’s on your porch, or home lights you can flip on at night while you’re on vacation.
It is anticipated that more than 55 billion IoT devices will be connected to the internet by 2025, according to the technology market research firm IDC. All this connectivity opens up plenty of opportunity for cybercriminals who want to spy on you from your baby monitor, break into your home through your digital door lock or recruit your old device to carry out a cyberattack.
The linked article is primarily for home users however it includes plenty of tips and techniques that apply equally to dental office users.
Good security starts with the choice of secure hardware protected by reputable anti malware applications. From there security includes back up, passwords, encryption, phishing awareness and more.
Any device which connects to the Internet including doorbells, speakers, thermostats and even impression devices or CBCT machines are members of the Internet of Things (IOT) and can be a potential security problem. They must all be protected.
Of special interest to dentists is a section telling consumers how to evaluate the security of their doctor’s office.
It is important that dentists and dental team members have a good basic understanding of all these security issues. However the security of your dental office technology system is not a DIY project. Get good professional help.