Ransomware: To Pay or Not To Pay?

Healthcare entities are constantly experiencing breaches of different types and magnitudes.

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A recent ransomware breach hit a New York hospital. The attack resulted in diversion of ambulances to other hospitals and rescheduling most appointments.

The hospital is unclear as to what data was accessed, but do not plan to pay the ransomware. They don’t believe payment would guarantee that the hackers would refrain from selling the data.

Healthcare entities are a common target of hackers because they have access to lots of desirable data.

Is your healthcare entity prepared for a cyber attack? 

If not, now is the time to ensure that your practice is protected.

Make sure that your practice is protected with appropriate technical safeguards.

Test your firewalls and antivirus software regularly. Make sure all updates are installed.

Know what encryption is in place and how quickly your backups can be activated.

It is also essential to put physical safeguards in place. Ensure that offices and drawers containing any protected health information (PHI) are locked.

Train staff regularly on privacy and security safeguards.

If you need help with your risk assessments and safeguards, contact us today.

It is better to invest in your privacy and security now than face a breach later.

If your healthcare entity needs help protecting itself, contact Rickard & Associates today.

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