Last month, a U.S. hospital’s IT system was held hostage by a ransomware attack that demanded payment to unlock access to the network. The system was down for two weeks, forcing administrators to redirect patients to other hospitals and clinicians to revert to recording patient information on paper.
Hospitals are often more vulnerable to ransomware and other cyber attacks than businesses in other industries like financial services. Their digital transformation came late, and the simple reality is that many IT systems weren’t installed with cybersecurity in mind. Healthcare cyber attacks are occurring on almost a weekly basis, and experts expect those attacks to increase and grow more sinister.
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