How Hospitals Can Defend Against Ransomware

Hospital & Healthcare Management

The novel coronavirus has had a devastating impact on hospitals in the United States and worldwide. Health care facilities find themselves understaffed, underfunded, and overburdened. Moreover, with elective procedures being canceled or postponed, an alarming number of American hospitals are cutting staff pay and hours or going bankrupt.

Unfortunately, another virus is also giving the health care industry grief nowadays, though technically, ransomware is a type of malware, not a computer virus. Hospitals, clinics, and even charities are getting hit by ransomware strains in record numbers. The attacks can significantly impact operational capacity. For example, the WannaCry ransomware cyberattack on the NHS (National Health Service) in the United Kingdom forced health care organizations to decrease admissions, reduce elective admissions, and...

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