How Health Facilities Can Prevent, Mitigate Ransomware in 2021

Health IT Security

Lisa Gentes-Hunt

The healthcare industry continues to battle a surge in ransomware and cyber-attacks, which have increased in recent years and spiked since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ransomware is defined a type of malicious software (also called malware) with a specific characteristic of seizing and encrypting a user’s data with the threat to steal/destroy/publish it unless a ransom payment is made, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Typically, the criminal hacker requests payment by cryptocurrency in order for the user to receive access to the stolen data.

A total of 560 healthcare providers experienced a ransomware attack in 2020, according to a Sophos survey.

And in October 2020, threats to the healthcare sector were...

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