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Healthcare’s next emergency: Ransomware follows in the footsteps of the pandemic

Security Magazine

Andrew Homer

As the healthcare industry continues to navigate what we hope is the near end of the pandemic, it’s becoming increasingly clear that it’s dealing with a cybersecurity emergency as well. With frontline healthcare personnel working around the clock to care for a never-ending wave of COVID-19 patients and IT departments scrambling to support those who’ve transitioned to WFH since the pandemic began, healthcare has quickly become a favorite target for cybercriminals looking for quick infiltration and large payouts. More worrisome, the security threat shows no signs of slowing down as the pandemic recedes.

In particular, government officials have highlighted the growing ransomware threat this past year — encouraging hospitals and...

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