Healthcare Organizations: Moving to High Alert for Ransomware

CSO Online

Joan Goodchild

Healthcare facilities are currently a favorite target of criminals who use ransomware (aka malicious software) to launch attacks.

These disruptive attacks – which lock up systems and demand the victim pay a ransom in cryptocurrency in exchange for regaining access – can disable endpoints and encrypt critical files that include essential information for patient care.

Ransomware attacks on healthcare organizations also tie up hundreds of IT staff hours responding and recovering, impact multiple branches and clinics, and damage hard-earned business reputations.

Numerous healthcare facilities were...

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