‘Picture this’: CynergisTek CEO paints bleak picture of ransomware attacks against hospitals

November 6, 2020

Caleb Barlow at TED@IBM salon

Caleb Barlow speaks at TED@IBM salon – Spark, November 16, 2016, San Francisco Jazz, San Francisco, California. (Russell Edwards/TED)

Hospitals are under siege by two plagues: COVID-19 and ransomware.

In late September, hundreds of U.S. hospitals operated by Universal Health Services had their systems disrupted by an apparent Ryuk ransomware infection. Soon after came reports of similar attacks targeting hospitals affiliated with the University of Vermont Health Network, Sky Lakes Medical Center, the Dickinson County Healthcare System and the St. Lawrence Health System in northern New York.

Caleb Barlow, CEO of CynergisTek provided commentary for this article, where he discusses the recent FBI/CISA advisory and the imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers. Caleb also shares a list of helpful actions that hospitals can take to better prepare themselves in the short and long term.

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