Healthcare organizations have more to lose when it comes to cyberattacks than any other sector.
This is due to the fact that protected health information (or PHI) is the most sought-after information on the black market today. Many different types of attacks are centered around gaining access to this private information. One of the fastest growing is ransomeware. This attack not only steals patient data from a healthcare network, it completely locks the network down until a ransom is paid. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center and Kansas Heart Hospital are just two recent examples of hospitals that were hit and forced to pay a large amount of money to get their data back.
A recent study by HIMSS Analytics and HIT News shows that almost 50% of the hospitals surveyed are unsure if they would pay the ransom if hit by a ransomware attack. This brings up many questions on the continuity plan these hospitals have in place. All healthcare organizations must implement a strong continuity plan and include it as part of their daily routines to ensure protection from ransomware and other cyberattacks. These plans should include:
- Regular staff trainings on how to protect PHI
- A consistent data backup plan
- Up-to-date antivirus software
- Updated system patches
- Policies to prohibit executable files from running in certain locations
CEO can help you put together a strong continuity plan for your healthcare partners. From our industry-leading tech support department to our on-premise and in-the-cloud security offerings, we have you covered. Plus, our Professional Services team can help get you started with a security assessment that will show your customers where their security falls short and recommend a remediation plan.
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