Industry Voices—Ransomware is a rapidly evolving threat for healthcare. Here’s how we’ll fight it

Fierce Healthcare

Matt Silva, GE Healthcare

The wave of ransomware attacks that has begun to threaten the healthcare sector highlights the need for greater vigilance and better defenses as we go into the new year.

A report (PDF) by cybersecurity software firm Bitdefender found that detected and blocked ransomware attacks increased 715% in the first half of this year compared to a year earlier and that the types of attack were rapidly evolving.

Cyber bad actors have been growing bolder and more sophisticated in recent years as ransomware attacks have emerged as a highly profitable crime. Compromised organizations often face the difficult choice between paying up or facing potentially disastrous disruptions to their operations.

If that wasn’t enough, the decision to pay a ransom is also not necessarily...

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