The purpose of this article is not to raise an unnecessary alarm or overstate the risks of ransomware but rather to serve as a resource of the "dos and don'ts" for organizations that find themselves the target of an attack. Overall, the probability that a health care organization will experience a large-scale ransomware attack is relatively small. However, with the 424% increase in attacks between 2016 and 2017 (according to the 2018 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index), the probability is increasing. In fact, according to the Beazley 2018 Breach Report, health care was the victim of 45% of all reported ransomware attacks in 2017.
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