I wanted to share an important update for our American readers regarding a significant data breach at Delta Dental of California. This breach, stemming from a vulnerability in the MOVEit Transfer software, impacted about 7 million patients. Personal data, including names, financial account numbers, and credit/debit card details with security codes, were exposed, potentially exposing credit card information on the dark web. For detailed information, you can read the Delta Dental notification here. You can also read the government disclosure here.
For those affected by the Delta Dental data breach, in addition to Delta Dental’s offer of 24 months of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection, I recommend taking these additional steps:
- Cancel any credit cards stored with the organization.
- Stay vigilant for unsolicited communications to avoid phishing scams and other fraudulent activities.
- Monitor your financial statements regularly for any unauthorized transactions.
- Consider placing a fraud alert on your credit reports.
- Update passwords and security questions for your online accounts, especially those related to financial and personal information.
For healthcare practices, it’s crucial to protect patient data. Here’s a 10-point cybersecurity checklist to get you started:
- Implement strong access controls.
- Conduct regular security audits.
- Train staff in cybersecurity awareness.
- Update systems with the latest patches.
- Secure network with firewalls and encryption.
- Regularly back up data.
- Use reputable antivirus software.
- Enable two-factor authentication.
- Secure email communications.
- Have a clear incident response plan.
For dental associations or any other small business seeking to bolster their cybersecurity, our team at Incognito is extending our expertise into consulting services. Building on the success of our 70,000 direct privacy care requests and the protection of millions of mobile devices, we’re ready to help you fortify your defences. In light of the recent Delta Dental of California breach, it’s important to note the significant financial implications of such incidents. Providing identity protection and credit monitoring for 7 million people can amount to an estimated $1.12 billion over two years, a cost that highlights the importance of proactive cybersecurity measures.
With Incognito, you have the opportunity to save significantly by preventing breaches before they occur. Our approach is not just about managing crises but about investing in comprehensive protection that mitigates the risk of expensive incidents. By partnering with us, you’re taking a crucial step towards securing your practice upfront, thus avoiding the substantial costs associated with post-breach remediation. Reach out to us for a comprehensive review and assessment to ensure your practice’s digital safety and financial well-being.
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