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Five threats to ODs data security

As a doctor of optometry, you are responsible for your patients' health and the safety of their personal information. Although hacking is commonly associated with data breaches, there are many other outside threats to cyber security that are less familiar. Here are five external threats to be aware of: 

Malware
Malware is the parent name for many different kinds of malicious software, including spyware, viruses, ransomware and others. New types of malware are created daily.
 
Ransomware
Ransomware is a type of malware that blocks access to a computer system until a significant sum of money, or "ransom," is paid.
 
Phishing
Phishing occurs when a hacker fraudulently presents themselves as a legitimate entity, typically through email, with the intent of gaining confidential information.
 
Spear phishing
Attackers can target an individual by gathering information about who their target typically interacts with and falsely impersonating a familiar company or colleague.
 
Vendor negligence
Any party that has access to your network can provide a gateway into the system-from payroll technology to electronic medical records and beyond. 


Cyber liability insurance can help protect your patients and your practice from the impact of a data breach. For more information about the cyber liability insurance available for AOA members, please visit this link.


 The Minnesota Optometric Association has approximately 400 member doctors of optometry around the state. The MOA is committed to furthering awareness of optometrists as primary eye care or family eye doctors and to bringing about change that positively impacts the MOA member doctors and their patients.

March 1, 2017