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Healthcare ransomware: Proactive risk management is a ‘business opportunity’

SC Magazine

Jessica Davis

Ransomware attacks against healthcare organizations often lead to emergency care diversions. These patient impacts provide a business opportunity for a more proactive risk management strategy.

Healthcare has always been a prime target for ransomware actors given its penchant for paying hackers’ demands to maintain care operations. Put simply, when patient care is on the line, waiting for rescue and resuming business makes it difficult for any disruptions to IT systems.

However, recent research from CyberSaint finds that many healthcare organizations don’t rely on backups for ransomware-related incidents, as they’re unable to “wait for them to be instituted.” The stat could explain why over one-third of entities report they’re willing to pay ransoms, even without a guarantee of data recovery.


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