1 in 3 healthcare orgs hit by ransomware pay hackers, report finds

Becker's Health IT

Hannah Mitchell

Ransomware payments are highly discouraged by the federal government, yet more than a third of healthcare organizations affected by attacks might be discreetly paying the ransom, according to a report by cybersecurity firm Sophos.

The global report surveyed 328 IT decision-makers in the healthcare industry from January to February.

Five things to know:

Thirty-four percent of respondents were hit by a ransomware attack in the last year. Of those hit, 65 percent said the hackers successfully encrypted their data. Less than half (44 percent) were able to restore their data with backup files.

More than a third (34 percent) of ransomware victims that...

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