As if healthcare organizations didn’t have enough to worry about when it comes to cyber security, several providers in highly publicized incidents have been hit with ransomware. In the absence of effective prevention to block this kind of health data hostage-taking, the question confronting the industry is: to pay or not to pay the ransom?

I myself have been the victim of ransomware. Needless to say, it’s not a very pleasant experience. The message I received on my laptop from the cyber criminals was simple and to the point: all of my files were now “protected” by strong encryption with RSA-2048 using CryptoWall 3.0 and encrypted with the public key, which was transferred to my computer via the Internet.

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