The Growing Threat of Ransomware

December 4, 2019 Mayuri Kumar

Breaking news – ransomware is significantly disrupting healthcare organizations.

This headline should appear flippant to senior leaders, especially when we are receiving weekly reports of yet another healthcare organization falling victim. Unfortunately, we still witness too many of our peers standing like a deer in the headlights waiting their turn to be the next target.

When we look at the numbers, we can make a compelling argument for action. In one survey conducted by Kaspersky and reported in Becker’s Hospital Review, one in four healthcare organizations reported being attacked by some form of ransomware in the past year, and one third of those were attacked multiple times. With over 5,500 hospitals in the U.S., we can estimate that over 1,000 hospitals have fallen victim to at least one ransomware attack and 350 have experienced multiple attacks.

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