Picture this’: CynergisTek CEO paints bleak picture of ransomware attacks against hospitals

SC Magazine

Bradley Barth

Hospitals are under siege by two plagues: COVID-19 and ransomware.

In late September, hundreds of U.S. hospitals operated by Universal Health Services had their systems disrupted by an apparent Ryuk ransomware infection. Soon after came reports of similar attacks targeting hospitals affiliated with the University of Vermont Health Network, Sky Lakes Medical Center, the Dickinson County Healthcare System and the St. Lawrence Health System in northern New York.

These troubling developments prompted the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), FBI, and Department of Health and Human Services to jointly issue an Oct. 28 alert warning of “an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers” that “will be particularly challenging for organizations within the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Caleb Barlow, CEO at health care cybersecurity consulting firm CynergisTek, has been working especially...

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