An international study reports nearly 40 percent of businesses experienced a ransomware attack in the past year. Add to that a recent U.S. government interagency report indicates that, on average, nearly 4,000 daily ransomware attacks have occurred since early 2016, representing a 300 percent increase over the 1,000 daily ransomware attacks reported in 2015.

In our digital healthcare world, this extortion threat to hospitals and health systems is escalating as professional cybergangs intensify their efforts. These hackers are ever evolving creative encryption schemes to hold electronic protected health data (ePHI) hostage until a ransom is paid. Proactive security measures have never been more critical.

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