Cyberthreat against hospitals 'persistent' with quick activation, feds warn

Becker's Hospital Review

Laura Dyrda

The federal government considers the cybersecurity threat to healthcare providers "credible, ongoing and persistent," according to a Nov. 16 update.

The FBI, HHS and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in the Department of Homeland Security published an update to their Oct. 28 joint statement on ransomware targeting healthcare providers. The statement warned of Trickbot, BazarLoader and other ransomware deployment techniques.

"Of note, some recent healthcare sector victims have experienced very short periods of time between initial compromise and activation — even under a few hours," says the Nov. 16 statement. The agencies went on to advise healthcare providers implement additional protections and follow anti-ransomware best practices, such as:

Conducting regular vulnerability scans
Addressing vulnerabilities
Using the 3-2-1 backup system...

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