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COVID-19’s cybersecurity crisis cannot be ignored by CEOs

Health Evolution

Gabriel Perna

The last thing a health care organization wants to face during the COVID-19 crisis is what happened to the leaders of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

Amid the pandemic, the organization got hacked and was forced to pay out a $300,000 ransom from the perpetrators, according to Pew Trusts. The health system’s cyber insurance plan paid most of the ransom while the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District met its deductible. But the point stood: Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, there was no room for negotiation, and no time to waste.

Quite simply, CEOs can’t afford to forget about cybersecurity issues that could arise while attention and resources are ...

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