Private vs Public Clouds: Why You Need to Keep Your Data Away from “Large Target” Shared Databases


You’ve probably read about big companies like Target or Anthem getting hacked. You may even have been personally affected by these security breaches if your personal information was in these databases. Stories like these may be why you’ve been afraid to move your dental practice data to the cloud. 

Big pools of data like those stored in public cloud databases are appealing targets for both hackers and the government.

Most cloud-based dental practice management software systems will pool your data with that of their other clients to reduce hosting costs. This is called a public cloud hosting scenario and it poses several intrinsic security risks.

First, the larger the pool of data, the more appealing it is to both criminals and the government, both of whom have limited resources.  Why go to all that effort to either hack or monitor only a small amount of information? 

Second, suppose another dental practice with whom you are sharing a cloud database becomes the target of an IRS or criminal inquiry. Armed with subpoenas, the government will gain access to the entire database in which the target company’s information is stored, making it possible for your data to fall under scrutiny in the course of the investigation as well. 

Third, residual data will remain on a shared database even if you discontinue using the service. This is because hosting companies do not get rid of a server just because one client isn’t using their part of it anymore. So your data may be deleted after you leave, but it may be later recovered.

A private cloud database contains only your information in a segregated piece of hardware that can be under your both your electronic and physical control.

You want all the advantages of the cloud: remote, anytime access, automatic, encrypted, and redundant backups, reduced IT costs, and easy setup and maintenance among multiple locations. You just don’t want the security risks of having your data pooled with that of other dental practices, or any other companies, and out of your personal control.  

It is your responsibility to be HIPAA-compliant by keeping your patients’ medical records and personal information safe. 

HIPAA doesn’t care that locking your file cabinets at night used to be good enough. It’s 2016 and HIPAA expects the patient data under your control to be professionally secured from loss or theft. 

You need a powerful dental practice management system like iDentalSoft that uses a private cloud data storage system to help you maintain compliance with HIPAA regulations for patient data storage and to safeguard your data from government monitoring and criminal hacks.

  • utomatic, encrypted, and redundant backups
  • Data stored in a private cloud database for complete seclusion, impervious to any attack

A private cloud system gives you the best of all worlds: security, control, and freedom.

With iDentalSoft’s industry-first private cloud storage database system, your data is completely organized, totally secure, always accessible, and entirely under your control. 

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