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Over the last year, ransomware attacks have been severely affecting the dental community and impacting practices of all sizes. Ransomware attacks may result in the shutdown of your office and theft of patient records and confidential health information. Ransom demands can even exceed $200,000. If the ransom is not paid, your patient personal and financial information may be auctioned for sale on the Dark Web. Cloud backups, firewalls and anti-virus software may not provide complete protection…yet 90% of practices across the US are relying on this technology alone to protect their data.

Educational Objectives:

Attendees will learn the following:

  1. Technologies, methodologies, and training to protect your patient records from ransomware attack
  2. The impact of a cyberattack on a dental specialty practice
  3. How hackers access your data and where they post it after it is stolen
  4. The difference between IT companies and cybersecurity companies in protecting your data
  5. The financial and emotional impact of a cyberattack against your practice

CE Credit Units:

1.5  CEUs

Level of skill recommended for participants:

Of interest to Dentists, Students & Residents, Dental Auxiliaries and Office Staff

Refund Policy:

There are no refunds for CSPD Online CE courses. For any questions, please contact CSPD Executive Director, Paul Reggiardo, DDS, at 

Legal Disclaimer

The CE provider (CSPD) uses reasonable care in selecting and providing content that is accurate. However, the CE provider does not independently verify the content or materials. The CE provider does not represent that the instructional materials are error-free or that the content or materials are comprehensive. Any opinions expressed in the materials are those of the author(s) of the materials and not the CE provider. Completing one or more continuing education courses does not provide sufficient information to qualify the participant as an expert in the field related to the course topic or in any specific technique or procedure. The instructional materials are intended to supplement rather than substitute for the knowledge, expertise, skill and judgment of a trained health care professional.


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The continuing education website of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry is CSPD – Online Continuing Education. We respect the privacy of the user to the site. The Privacy Policy addresses our use of the information collected by virtue of your use of  CSPD – Online Continuing Education.

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CE Policy:

The California Society of Pediatric Dentistry (CSPD) is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider Approved by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education.

ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to CSPD at (916) 231-2142 or to ADA CERP at

Credit is awarded on an hour-for-hour basis. Each attendee should claim only those hours of credit that he or she was in actual attendance of the educational activity. Participants should retain course certificate of completion for their records.

Original Continuing Education Certificates are subject to Dental Board of California audit and should be retained by the licentiate for a period of six years. Completion of these courses does not constitute authorization for the attendee to perform any services that he or she is not legally authorized to perform based on his or her license or permit type. This course meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for above designated units of continuing education.

Course Materials Features

  • Lessons 2
  • Topics 0
  • Quizzes 1
  • Students 3
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assignment No
  • Category Technology
  • Lecture Length 85 minutes
  • Original Release Date October 16, 2021
  • Review Date October 16, 2021
  • Expiration Date October 16, 2024

Course Materials Content

View lecture, take and pass quiz before receiving your CE certificate. You must score 70% or higher to pass.
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Instructor Info:

Gary Salman, Chief Executive Officer, Black Talon Security, LLC, BA, Business Administration – Muhlenberg College. As the CEO and co-founder of Black Talon Security, Gary is dedicated to data security and understanding the latest trends in the industry, particularly as they relate to the dental industry. He has decades of experience in software development and computer IT and developed one of the very first Cloud-based healthcare systems.  Gary Salman office phone number is, 914-600-1256 and email address is,

Instructor Disclosure of any conflicts of interest:

Mr. Salman is CEO of Black Talon Security, LLC.

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Posted 3 years ago
Riveting presentation

I always thought that hackers targeted big corporations before learning during this presentation that our dental offices are also at risk for severe damages. Risks and threats were clearly outlined as well as great information on how to protect our patient data and the roles of IT companies and cybersecurity firms.

Posted 3 years ago
Scary truth

The world is changing where at anytime we can open our computer and see skull and cross bones. Even if we have a perfect backup, we are still threatened with dumping our patient information on the dark web. The latest scam is for these bad people ask for payments from our patients. The best we can do is to make our systems more difficult to enter so they move on to easier offices. This is scary.

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