4 ways to protect your hospital against a cyberattack

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Amid mounting tension between Russia and Ukraine, federal officials are warning U.S. organizations—including health systems—of an increased potential of cyberattacks that could significantly damage critical infrastructure.

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Hospitals are often vulnerable to cyberattacks

Hospitals are increasingly becoming targets of cyberattacks, which often disrupt operations and potentially put patients at risk. For example, a ransomware attack at Springhill Medical Center in 2019 shut down the hospital’s network for three weeks. A pregnant patient later sued the hospital for medical malpractice, claiming the attack caused staff to miss concerning signs that ultimately led to her child’s death.

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