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    6 steps to survive a ransomware attack

     

    Cyber attacks on the rise

    The FBI has reported that ransomware attacks are on the rise. The Cryptolocker strain of ransomware alone stole $27 million in six months from organizations like mine whose files were taken hostage.1

    Healthcare practitioners and hospitals are the perfect target. We rely so heavily on our computer systems. Think about losing all of your patient files and not having a backup.

    Related: Top 10 practice management mistakes

    Did you heart drop? Mine did, and I have only one year of files. Would you pay the ransom? You might be forced to without the proper strategies in place.

    Take some time to assess your cybersecurity and make sure all of your backup systems are being utilized. In the end, you’ll be glad you did.

    References

    1.Ash M. Ransomware and Health Care: There’s More at Risk Than Just Money. Security Intelligence. 2016 Aug 8. Available at: https://securityintelligence.com/ransomware-and-health-care-theres-more-at-risk-than-just-money/. Accessed 2/22/17.

    Read more from Dr. Denton here

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