Are Bay Area IT Services Protecting Your Practice From Ransomware?

Bay Area IT Services To Protect Your Practice From Ransomware

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…

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What Expenses Are Associated With Ransomware Attacks?

There are a number of key costs that will come with a ransomware attack, including…

  • Ransom: This is the most obvious cost, and it just keeps going up. According to cybersecurity company Coveware, what was an average ransom of $6,733 in 2018 has increased to $12,672 in 2019.
  • Downtime: As Kapersky notes, 34% of businesses hit by ransomware take up to a week to regain access to data. In that week, you’re still incurring costs associated with downtime while you and your staff can’t access your data.

    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.

  • Remediation: Lastly, there’s the cost of damage control. Do you have to hire a Bay Area IT services company to help you out? Do you have to hire a forensic cybersecurity crew to determine how you were attacked? Do you have to pay fines for breaching HIPAA or FINRA regulations? These all get added to the bill for getting hit by ransomware.

Do You Have Bay Area IT Services Protecting You From Ransomware?

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:

  • Do I know the sender of this email?
  • Does it make sense that it was sent to me?
  • Can I verify that the attached link or PDF is safe?
  • Does the email threaten to close my accounts or cancel my cards if I don’t provide information?
  • Is this email really from someone I trust or does it just look like someone I trust? What can I do to verify?
  • Does anything seem “off” about this email, its contents or the sender?

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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