Health Care Organizations Must be Prepared for Cyberattacks


Joel Landau

Hospitals and health care providers must use private, enterprise-grade communication platforms to conduct telehealth appointments.

As the COVID-19 pandemic wanes, the threat of cybercriminals masterminding ransomware attacks on businesses is a growing concern, especially in the health care industry. Ransomware is malicious software — or malware — that encrypts files on a computer system, enabling a cyber thief to steal data. The attacker then demands ransom from the victim to restore access to the date upon payment. The costs can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands, usually payable in Bitcoin.

Ransomware attacks pose a new worry for patients and health care providers alike, as cyberattacks have been prompted by the rapid adaptation of telework and telehealth in...

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