5 Ways to Defend Your Medical Practice Against Ransomware

HealthTech Amgazine

Mike Chapple

Ransomware poses an extreme risk to healthcare systems with lackluster cybersecurity defenses. In April 2019, a small, physician-owned practice in Michigan learned the hard way.

After the organization declined to pay a $6,500 ransom demand, attackers wiped the computer systems clean — destroying all patient records, appointment schedules and financial information. Faced with the monumental task of rebuilding the entire practice from the ground up, the proprietors instead chose to close the business.

Large or small, healthcare providers nationwide find themselves in the crosshairs of ransomware attacks on a regular basis. Although few will shutter as a direct result of an attack, many suffer significant damage that consumes resources and affects care.

The aftermath of a security breach brings operational issues, jeopardizes a provider’s reputation with patients and creates legal issues that may require the involvement of regulatory agencies.

Let’s take a look at five ways that healthcare providers can proactively address this risk to avoid falling victim to a ransomware attack. 1. Protect Against the Possibility of Infection
The old medical adage

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