When asked about the many threats to medical meetings, respondents at a recent convention listed a number of factors that they felt were negatively impacting their seminars and events. While some of the threats named were among major trouble spots predicted for the upcoming year, the primary threat to medical meetings in 2015 was surprisingly absent. Find out what is the biggest threat to medical meetings and what can be done to combat the risk of this danger.
Importance of cyber security
While many people perceive items such as changing attendee behaviors, lobby crashers and room block pirates as the biggest threats to medical meetings, one impending menace was largely forgotten by meeting attendees. With 2014 being a record year for data breaches, cyber security is a concern that should be at the top of the list of threats that can derail a medical meeting.
Since personal information such as credit cards, bank statements and login passwords can easily be obtained by hackers, it is extremely important that the people hosting meetings are aware of the potential risk of a hack or breach in their network.
Fending off cyber security threats
Fortunately, there are a number of things that can be done to combat cyber security attacks. One of the easiest ways for hackers to gain access to information from you and your meeting attendees is by breaching the Wi-Fi network that everyone is using. Make sure that the facility where your meeting is taking place is monitoring their network for unauthorized wireless access points, which hackers utilize to gain entry to the network.
Hackers are becoming more advanced, going so far as to set up their own cellular towers to steal information from meeting attendees’ texts, emails and calls. Speak with someone who is monitoring the cellular spectrum during your event to eliminate the threat of an unauthorized cellular tower stealing valuable information.
While computer hackers may still to try and break into networks and attempt to steal data, there are some things you can do to mitigate risks during your next medical meeting. For more information on cyber security or for the top medical continuing education facility, give us a call today at (702) 739-6698.