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THE UNABATED RANSOMWARE ATTACKS: A PROGNOSIS FOR THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY

August 12, 2020 | (12:00PM)
USA (United States of America)
SHARESHARESHARE
An alarming number of ransomware attacks have targeted and disrupted the US healthcare industry. Many of the attacks involve a sophisticated and destructive strain of malware called Ryuk. Ransomware attacks can prevent healthcare providers—ranging from large health systems to small medical practices—from accessing critical data needed to treat patients and maintain normal business operations. Consequently, ransomware attacks can have potentially devastating effects on patient safety and cause financial and reputational damage to afflicted healthcare providers. Healthcare providers should ensure that their information security teams are well positioned to protect and defend their organizations against such attacks.