Hackers are leveling up and catching healthcare off-guard

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Caleb Barlow, President and CEO, CynergisTek

Remember when ransomware operators promised last year not to attack hospitals under siege from COVID-19? Unfortunately, that didn’t happen: hospitality, entertainment, and retail locations were all shut down as COVID-19 spread, leaving ne’er-do-wells to look at industries that were still open for business.

When attacking the healthcare industry, hackers are going beyond focusing on data exfiltration or leaking patient records. The focus is to totally disrupt health systems operations with ransomware that locks up electronic health records (EHRs) and the IT infrastructure. Without access to these records, hospitals struggle to provide critical care, schedule appointments, bill patients, and process test results.

Past attacks have been devastating. A hospital undergoing...

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