Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Hundreds of Health Care Facilities were Hit by Ransomware Last Year Amid a Global Pandemic

 



Healthcare continues to be a choice target for dark net thieves looking to make a quick buck via Ransomware.  They often find IT departments struggling to keep up with the demand of providing care during the global pandemic.

A recent CNN article cites some amazing statistics for those of us in healthcare.  Even small private practices, which most dental offices fall under, are susceptible to the ravages of Ransomeware.  This especially true considering a new tactic used by criminals who threaten to divulge information they steal from victims before encrypting their drives.

Once the thieves break into a system, they download valuable data... and in healthcare that is *patient* data.  They then unleash their encryption software which locks the users hard drives.  Victims are then threatened by the criminals who promise they will publish patient data unless the ransom is paid.

Even for those who are not in healthcare, we are all impacted.  An individual never knows when they will need the healthcare system, but when you need it, you need to be confident it will be there for you and that it will work properly.  

The CNN article is a short read, but well worth it.

Also, quoted in the article is information from my preferred antivirus company Emsisoft.  This New Zealand company protects all of my Windows based computers and I rely on them to keep my practice protected and running smoothly.  

The smart people at Emsisoft have put together their "State of Ransomware in the US: Report and Statistics 2020" that I highly recommend reading.  It takes about 10 minutes to go through but the information is well presented and is amazing.

Also, here's a plug for the company.  They have an incredibly robust antivirus platform that I'm really impressed with.  The other thing that I love about the company is that they work on developing decryption keys for ransomware which they make available to anyone free of charge.  

They have a great product and they give back.  Why not support them?

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