It’s no secret that ransomware attacks are on the rise, especially in the healthcare industry. This year alone, there have already been 14 attacks on hospitals, leaving facilities without access to patient data and forcing providers to turn away patients and revert back to manuals processes. Major hospitals in Los Angeles, Kentucky and the Maryland-Washington area have made headlines for recent ransomware attacks.

This begs the question: Why is the healthcare industry targeted so frequently by hackers, even when financial gains are minimal? It’s pretty simple, actually. Many healthcare organizations tend to lack sufficient cyber protection and run older applications requiring older operating systems, making their IT infrastructures easy to penetrate and hold for ransom.

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