Over the past year, the frequency of cybercrime has increased across all industries… and healthcare is no exception. In fact, in a recent “State of Ransomware in Healthcare 2021” whitepaper developed by Sophos, the impact of ransomware targeted at healthcare institutions is staggering:
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It’s probably why ransomware gangs like Ryuk have made hospitals a regular target. In fact, just in 2020 alone, Ryuk targeted at least 235 hospitals. (Becker’s Health IT)
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In response to this worrying trend, Avertium recently partnered with the American Hospital Association (AHA) to drive education and awareness around the importance of cybersecurity in hospitals.
At the 2021 American Hospital Association Leadership Summit, Paul Caiazzo, Avertium’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and SVP of Corporate Development gave a presentation on the importance of cybersecurity, where he discussed:
You can watch Paul’s presentation here:
At this point, it’s no secret that hospitals need to make cybersecurity a priority. And while 89% of healthcare organizations have a malware incident recovery plan, that’s just not enough. The goal should be to prevent these attacks from ever happening in the first place.
In our latest whitepaper, ‘How to Raise Your Organization’s Game to Combat Cybercriminals,’ experts in both cybersecurity and healthcare came together to discuss the best tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) that hospitals and healthcare institutions can employ to understand what to protect and how to protect it.
“The responsibility of hospitals is to provide the best patient care. Today, this strategy needs to include safeguarding patients and their PHI from cyberattacks. Hospitals must understand that protecting the systems, applications, users, and data directly correlates to patient well-being. Cybercriminals have the means to access, halt operations, and manipulate life-saving equipment and patient profiles. The slight change to a patient’s profile or a malfunctioning ventilator is a matter of life and death in a hospital setting.”
- James Carder |Chief Security Officer and Vice President, LogRhythm Labs
In downloading the whitepaper, you’ll learn nine ways to elevate your hospital or healthcare institution’s cybersecurity program, including: