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5 ways the healthcare industry can confront the looming threat of ransomware

Healthcare DIVE

Dan Schiappa, Chief Product Officer, Sophos

The past year and a half has been challenging for businesses across industries and countries, but none bore the brunt of it more than healthcare. Doctors and nurses working around the clock, day after day, on the frontlines in a battle against a new pandemic.

But while hospitals have been in a race to save thousands of patients, cyber attackers and particularly ransomware gangs saw opportunity. This year, as the Delta variant led to a resurgence of cases, ransomware attackers haven’t let up, attacking hospitals and health systems worldwide, most recently striking a health system in Ohio.

These aren’t just cherry-picked headlines. A recent independent survey that looked into the impacts of ransomware across specific industries worldwide found that more...

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