Defending Against Healthcare Ransomware Attacks

By Fred Donovan
Health IT Security

Healthcare ransomware attacks have become a security nightmare for many organizations over the last couple of years.

Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their systems, either by locking the systems’ screens or by locking the users’ files unless a ransom is paid.

Ransomware attacks are a key cybersecurity threat for all organizations, not just healthcare. According to Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), ransomware is the most common type of malware. It is found in 39 percent of malware-related data breaches, double the percentage from last year’s DBIR. Ransomware accounted for over 700 cyber incidents in 2017.

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