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Monthly Breach Deets: University of Pediatric Dentistry Data Breach

Monthly Breach Deets: University of Pediatric Dentistry Data Breach

University Pediatric Dentistry, a provider of oral health care to children, experienced a data breach January 12, 2022 through January 19, 2022. The protected health information (PHI) had been exposed from an email.

According to HIPAA Journal, a total of 6,843 patients in New York had been compromised during this data breach. This cost University Pediatric Dentistry an estimated $2,485,841 in loss of data and reputational damage, according to eRiskHub.

This data breach contained the following PHI:

  • First and last name
  • Social Security number
  • Date of birth
  • Home address
  • Provider information
  • Diagnosis
  • Insurance number
  • Medical record number
  • Government identification number
  • Patient ID
  • Driver’s license number

How this data breach could have been prevented

Make sure your business creates more security processes to adhere to and follow. Are you strengthening security protocols and providing training to employees? Increase your awareness of phishing exercises with education training. Do your employees know what to look for when an email comes through? If it looks suspicious, do not click on it! Do you recognize the person it is coming from and does it display the accurate email address? Call or text this person to verify. This should significantly help decrease your chances of a phishing attack.

We Can Help

Our team of IT experts at VGM Forbin can help protect your business. We can help assess your systems and make recommendations to help you stand strong against cyber-attacks. Contact us by calling (877) 659-5241 or complete the form to get a free consultation.