Do Cyberattacks Increase Mortality?

Yes, according to a recent study.

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A recent study found that over 20% of healthcare organizations hit with ransomware attacks had an increase in mortality rates.

Cyberattacks and breaches continue to be a constant stressor on healthcare entities, with no end in sight.

Common attacks against healthcare entities include:

  • Ransomware
  • Phishing
  • Cloud breaches
  • Supply chain interruption

Ransomware tends to cause the most issues with patient care, as it can lead to delays and longer patient stays.

Many healthcare entities are worried about their vulnerability in the event of a ransomware attack.

While many healthcare entities have taken steps to address potential areas of concern, breaches continue to mount.

How can you protect your healthcare entity and your patients?

Make sure your employees are trained. Employees are often the first to encounter the breach, ransomware, or a phishing email scam. If employees are trained to respond quickly and efficiently, they can often help mitigate damages.

Make sure your technology is up to date. Have a process for rolling out security patches and updates so that software and hardware vulnerabilities don’t linger.

Know how you will respond in the event of a breach. Anyone can be targeted for a breach, but having a backup plan and disaster response plan is key. Will you be able to switch to backup data, if your entity is hit with ransomware? How long will it take you to get up and running on backup systems?

Make sure you know the answer to these questions and are comfortable with your response times.

If you need help determining your vulnerabilities and mitigating risks, contact Rickard & Associates today.

It is essential to protect your data and your patients now.

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