Friday, May 17, 2024
Embassy Suites, Pittsburgh, PA

Cyber Security for the Dental Office and Medical Emergencies

5 Credit Hours

Supported in collaboration with DSWP, American College of Dentists (Western PA Chapter), and International College of Dentists (ICD-US Section 3)

Friday, May 17, 2024

Embassy Suites (Oliver Building, 2nd floor)
535 Smithfield Street, PIttsburgh PA 15222
*Suggested parking – Oliver Street garage*

Room rates start at $199. Have questions? Call DSWP at 412-321-5810.


8am – 9am Registration/Breakfast/Visit with Vendors
9am – 12pm Cyber Security (3 CE credits), Presented by Mr. Gary Salman
12pm – 1pm Lunch
1pm – 3pm Medical Emergencies (2 CE credits), Presented by Mr. John Brewer

Register early – seating is limited!

Course Information

Cyber Security

You have set up a great team of professionals at your practice and have been trusted with important data. But sometimes you need a specialist to take care of a critical issue – cybersecurity is one of those issues. During this presentation, we will discuss various techniques for safe browsing, email security, strong passwords, social media security, artificial intelligence (AI), password managers, multi-factor authentication, and much more.

This presentation will give you the tools to adopt a proactive and comprehensive approach to cybersecurity, significantly reducing the risk of falling victim to ransomware and mitigate the potential damages associated with these malicious attacks. Learn how to equip yourself with the knowledge and tools necessary to protect your practice’s data, reputation, and bottom line from the ever-evolving threat of ransomware attacks.

Cyber Security Learning Objectives:

  • The importance of training your entire organization on how to recognize and avoid
  • The differences between a cybersecurity company and IT company
  • Learn how to protect yourself from a cyberattack by implementing technologies that your
    IT company is not providing
  • Analyze how hackers break into your network
  • Understand why small and medium-size practices are constantly falling victim to ransomware attacks
  • Review real-world case studies of practices hit by devastating ransomware attacks
  • Determine why backups won’t prevent you from having to pay the ransom demand

Medical Emergencies

Medical emergencies can occur at any time in the dental office. Preparation for such emergencies is extremely important. A team approach ensures that all members of the dental team are prepared to handle emergency situations effectively. Through lecture and emergency case review, participants will improve their recognition and understanding of medical emergencies in the dental office setting.

Medical Emergencies Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the most common medical emergencies
  • Discuss drug related emergencies
  • Identify drugs/supplies required for the Dental Office Emergency Kit
  • Analyze how hackers break in and steal ALL patient data
  • Review the medical history and identify patients at risk for medical
  • Systematically approach the management of an in-office emergency


mr. gary salman


Mr. Gary Salman

Gary Salman is the CEO and co-founder of Black Talon Security and 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 he also developed one of the very first cloud-based healthcare systems.

He is a sought-after speaker and writer, having lectured nationally on cybersecurity threats and their impact on the healthcare industry. Gary has trained tens of thousands of practices across the U.S. on how to maintain “best practices” in cybersecurity and has been featured in some of the largest national publications and news stories in the dental, medical, legal, and financial industries. He is a member of the AAE Speakers’ Bureau and has lectured for many organizations including AAO, AAOMS, AAE, AAPD, ADSO, OMSNIC, Dykema, and many more.

Gary’s experience and expertise extend beyond cybersecurity with over 19 years of experience as an instructor at West Point and is involved in law enforcement. He is also a member of InfraGard, a partnership between the FBI and the private sector to share information and intelligence.

Black Talon Security has been called upon to assist with some of the largest distributed ransomware attacks in U.S. history, resulting in millions of dollars of ransom payments and tens of millions of dollars in damages to the victims. In every instance, all data was recovered and successfully decrypted. Black Talon Security is an expert in preventative measures as well as incident response, ensuring their clients are well-protected against cyber threats.

Mr. Salman was interviewed by ADA News on the causes of data breaches and best practices to protect oneself. Read the full story here.

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Mr. John Brewer

Mr. John Brewer is a part-time paramedic with 30 plus years of experience in EMS working as a career paramedic in an urban/suburban area just south of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Mr. Brewer has worked extensively with the dental community since 1998. He is a member of the ADSA. He provides BLS, ACLS and PALS, courses in addition to medical emergency courses for individual offices, dental societies, PSOMS, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, and UPMC Children’s Hospital Dept. of Pediatric Dentistry. Mr. Brewer assists in teaching the IV sedation course for various programs. Mr. Brewer also assists with helping offices purchase and organize emergency equipment, and prepare for office evaluations. Mr. Brewer has lectured in several states on the topic of medical emergencies in the dental office. He recently co-authored a chapter on Medical Emergencies for Nowak:Pediatric Dentistry: Infancy through Adolescence, 6e. In 2014, Mr. Brewer began working as a dental anesthesia assistant in several oral surgery and dental offices.

Dental Society of Western PA is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider Approved by Pennsylvania Dental Association.
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.
Dental Society of Western PA designates this activity for 6 continuing education credits.