Would You Pay the Ransom?

Many hospitals have chosen to pay ransoms to get access to their systems after a hacker has taken over. FBI Director James Comey said this is a mistake.

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Practices and hospitals should not pay ransom to hackers.

Why not?

  • Other hackers will learn that you have a reputation for paying;
  • Your patients and vendors will find out and will likely be upset;
  • You might have problems with future business dealings in the industry.

FBI Director Comey wants healthcare organizations that experience breaches to notify law enforcement.

Many breaches go unreported to law enforcement, and the FBI wants to know more about breaches to increase cybersecurity protections.

The best thing to do is to have a breach readiness plan in place.

Know how your practice will respond in the event of a breach. Prepare your practice by installing firewalls, encryption software, and ample backups.

We help our clients prepare as much as possible for potential breaches.

It is essential to train and trust your staff. Make sure that your staff know exactly what to do if a breach occurs. Further – make sure your staff are trained so that their errors do not lead to system weaknesses or potential breaches.

Let us know what you think. Would you pay the ransom if a hacker breached your healthcare practice?

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