Patients everywhere would probably be surprised to learn just how vulnerable their medical records are. While most people are likely to think that their hospital is doing a fantastic job of keeping their sensitive medical and health data safe, the uptick in hackers that use so-called “ransomware” paints an entirely different story. The criminals use this ransomware to encrypt patient files before demanding payouts for their safe return.
Why Are Hospitals Vulnerable?
Though it is not completely clear why hospitals are the targets of these hackers, there is speculation that it is because they are an easy mark. In spite of the massive amounts of data that hospitals are required to obtain electronically, it is likely that their cyberprotection efforts have not kept pace with this influx of information. Even more startling is that hospitals do not typically have backup systems for their electronic data in place, nor do they have backup databases. This lack of preparation makes these institutions particularly vulnerable to attacks of this nature and could potentially put the lives of their patients in danger as well.
Solutions for Hospitals
While it is important to acknowledge that no security system is foolproof at keeping would-be hackers at bay, hospitals can make it more difficult for these thieves to gain access to their records. Most hackers want easy access to their victims and will go elsewhere to perform their dirty work if it is too difficult to worm their way inside a system. Hospitals can take advantage of this hacker mindset by implementing the following strategies with the help of an experienced IT company:
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