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Is your healthcare organization’s cybersecurity your duty? Or, if you have an IT company, is it theirs?
This is really a question of which way you can pass the buck. If you were to get infected with ransomware, whose fault would it be? If your IT company doesn’t have the necessary cybersecurity expertise and credentials, wouldn’t it be your fault for trusting them in the first place?
After all, it’s your duty to select the right IT company for your needs. As a healthcare organization, you need IT support that understands the threats facing your industry.
If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, maybe you haven’t noticed the major increase in cybercrime targeting the healthcare industry.
Ransomware is a growing problem for healthcare organizations of all sizes – in fact, almost half of all ransomware incidents reported last year targeted healthcare companies. This is largely due to the increasing usage of advanced medical devices, software, and mobile technology that are all interconnected.
In combination with outdated legacy medical systems, limited budgets for investing in cybersecurity, and a lack of IT expertise, cybercrime – particularly via ransomware attacks – is more common than ever.
The best way to keep your data safe is to simply have it backed up, to a separate location, on a regular basis. By storing a complete and up to date copy of your data that’s separate from your local systems, it doesn’t matter if your onsite data gets encrypted by ransomware. You can simply wipe it all and recover your data from the backup.
Be sure to follow these tips, which are applicable to organizations, employees, and individual computer users:
1. Enlist expert support from an IT company that understands cybersecurity, in order to make sure you’re kept safe by a trained team.
2. Confirm that anti-malware and antivirus settings are deployed to automate all updates and to continually conduct system and device scans.
3. Train your staff to ask themselves these key questions before opening an email:
Despite your best efforts, there is still the chance that a single vulnerability in your systems will be enough to compromise your network. Whether you end up having to pay the ransom or not (remember, with a viable data backup, you won’t need to), you need to examine what happened and figure out how to stop it from happening again.
The main goal will be to identify the root of the breach. You can enlist support from cybersecurity forensic professionals to help you determine how the ransomware made it into your systems.
If nothing else, when developing your ransomware defense, keep these three recommendations in mind:
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