6 steps hospitals can take when handling cyberattacks

Becker's Health IT

Georgina Gonzalez

Healthcare is one of the most targeted industries for cyberattacks, with 45 million people affected in 2021. Thus, having the tools to prevent, prepare and respond to breaches is crucial to hospital cybersecurity. Here are some ways to fortify defenses, as outlined by a Feb. 14 McKinsey report.

Prevention

The majority of ransomware attacks start with a phishing email or a remote desktop protocol compromise, so it's critical that all employees are constantly aware of cybersecurity threats.

- Companies can ensure that employees are using strong passwords and multifactor authentication when logging into accounts.

- Patching operating systems that...

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