Ransomware is an epidemic in the healthcare world. No matter what healthcare organizations do (with or without the help of Bay Area IT services) ransomware continues to grow as a threat. Over the course of 2019 alone…
The problem with statistics like these, however, is that they fail to put a face to the problem. You could hear about ransomware and its faceless perpetrators and distant victims day in and day out and not really get an idea of how bad it is.
Keep those scary stats in mind, and for context, consider this recent attack against a hospital in North Platte. Great Plains Health was hit by ransomware, taking their systems offline and bringing their operations to a halt.
Despite all this, they say no patient data has been breached, but that’s only part of the problem. With their email and other forms of electronic communication down, their ability to care for patients is severely limited.
That’s what no one ever thinks about when it comes to ransomware – the fact that the ransom isn’t the only cost…
There are a number of key costs that will come with a ransomware attack, including…
That’s time in which you can’t get work done, can’t care for your patients, can’t gain new business, and still pay your employee wages and ongoing costs to keep the lights on. Put simply? Lots of expenses with no revenue.
There are a few best practices for protecting against ransomware.
In order to keep your data safe, you need to 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.
In terms of prevention, make sure your staff knows how to spot a phishing email, one of the most likely methods of ransomware infection. Train your staff to ask themselves these key questions before opening an email:
By far the best way to stay safe is with expert support in the form of Bay Area IT services. Where To Start, Inc. can help – it’s all a part of the commitment we make to our clients. We save you money and reduce your risk, by aligning your business and IT goals. When properly integrated, these services make you more profitable and secure – that’s our promise.
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