Cyberattacks are always dangerous, and when they affect the medical industry, they severely compromise public health and confidentiality. The recent attack on MJ Freeway demonstrates just how sensitive medical data is, reinforcing the need for effective data storage and security:
MJ Freeway is a Colorado-based tracking software company that caters to medical marijuana dispensaries across the United States. On 8 January 2016, the company suffered a severe hack, losing records from more than a thousand of their clients in 23 different states. Such an attack would severely disrupt any business but has been particularly damaging for cannabis dispensaries, as state regulations require them to provide clear records of all sales and inventory changes. Though some affected clients were able to continue business using traditional tracking methods, many had to shut down, depriving their customers of treatment.
In addition to short-term market disruption, the attack also may have compromised the privacy of millions of medical marijuana patients. Because of the negative perceptions associated with cannabis, many medical marijuana users do not reveal their treatments in public. If the attackers stole patient information, they could publicize it at any time. MJ Freeway insists that its client data is encrypted, but many clients are unconvinced, pointing out that the attackers could have stolen the encryption codes. If this is true, the attackers could continue to do damage for months or years in the future.
Whatever ultimately results from the MJ Freeway attack, it serves as a wake-up call for all businesses that handle sensitive information. To minimize your firm’s risk and keep clients’ data safe, remember to:
Don’t leave your Oshawa, Toronto and Southern Ontario company vulnerable to cyberattacks. Contact Alary Clinitech today at (416) 291-7377 or firstname.lastname@example.org for effective, affordable security solutions.
Thanks for helping us upgrade our Macs and get them working exactly as our business needs! Fast, convenient and very knowledgeable! You’re the best!
Alary Technologies has been our IT support team for the past year at the START Clinic for Mood and Anxiety Disorders. They have done a excellent job in upgrading our system, organization, and supporting us in technical computer matters. Compared to other IT companies we have worked with, Alary Technologies comes on top. Ahmed Kufaishi the Managing Director at Alary Technologies is solution focused, knowledgeable and makes an effort to really understand his clients’ needs. It has been a pleasure to work with Ahmed and Alary Technologies. I would recommend their services to other companies and clinics.
“We continue to work with Alary Technologies due to the fact that they are quite educated and knowledge based with current upgrades, and their commitment to their customers.”
Ahmed has been providing our company with expert IT services for close to 3 years. He has guided us through hardware upgrades, server back up procedures and was instrumental in brokering a custom software program that fully automated some key functions in our business. Ahmed has always been thoroughly professional in all his dealings with us and has provided consistent and sound advise for all of our IT requirements. We consider Ahmed and Alary Technologies to be an important partner for our business.
It is refreshing to work with someone who can organize things and describe in plain language. I have a large and growing knowledge base for my work as an architect. I have realized that I can’t do everything, that I do need a team member who can look after this one relatively small by crucial part of my practice.