Target last week disclosed that data from as many as 110 million customers may have been compromised during two cyberattacks. In December, Target admitted that credit card details from 40 million customers were at risk. The company said last week that an internal probe revealed data like names, physical addresses, email addresses and phone numbers from 70 million customers were also at risk. Though there may be some overlap between the two incidents, the retailer said as many as 110 million customers may have been affected.
Some people are referring to this as the biggest data breach in history. It may not be the biggest but it is big and it highlights some of the vulnerabilities we face with digital data and cyber security. Data security is a bit like your general health. You can take precautions against getting sick, eat healthy, exercise and avoid smoking but there is no guarantee. No matter what you do you are going to get sick at some point.
At this time the best precaution a dental office can take is to encrypt your data. There are many encryption systems that could work but many will impact the performance of your system Full disk encryption seems to be the best solution at this time.
Even if you do not encrypt your server be sure and encrypt any data that leaves the office on a laptop, a backup tape or via the Internet to a cloud storage system.