The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) has given its endorsement to cybersecurity company Black Talon Security.

The exclusive endorsement allows Black Talon Security to provide advanced cybersecurity, HIPAA compliance, and PCI solutions to AAO members in order to protect their critical infrastructure and patient records from cyberattacks.

The endorsement comes as cyber criminals increasingly target the health care industry to exploit electronic protected health information for use in identify theft, ransom, and blackmail.

“The AAO is excited to announce this new partnership with Black Talon Security. With cyberattacks on the rise, we want to ensure our members have a trusted resource for addressing these concerns as well as other challenges they may face regarding HIPAA and payment card industry compliance. In working with Black Talon, we believe we are offering AAO members an exclusive service that will work to protect their patients and their business,” said Lynne Thomas Gordon, CEO of the AAO.

“We are extremely excited about this endorsement and the opportunity to work with the AAO and their members.  We have extensive experience in the dental and security communities which allows us to provide solutions that will further minimize the risk of a cyberattack in an orthodontic practice.  We want to prevent cyberattacks by identifying and eliminating vulnerabilities on their networks.  With this partnership, we will be able to provide an additional level of security and confidence to the orthodontic community as a whole,” said Gary Salman, CEO, Black Talon Security.

In a press release, Black Talon Security warned practitioners that they should not assume that their IT company can effectively protect their network, adding that many IT companies may not have the training, tools, or certifications required to protect an orthodontic practice. In addition, firewalls and anti-virus software are no longer enough to protect a network from cyber criminals.