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This article is part of the Pulse issue of January 2017, Vol. 5, No. 1
With ransomware attacks increasing 300% in little more than a year -- from 1,000 daily attacks in 2015 to 4,000 in early 2016, according to a U.S. government interagency report -- it's no wonder cybersecurity is top-of-mind for many health IT professionals. While it's important to train and educate healthcare employees on best practices to keep the organization secure, "we're not going to solve this issue just by educating our workforce," said Mac McMillan, co-founder and CEO of CynergisTek Inc., a healthcare IT consulting firm in Austin, Texas. The right technologies to prevent, detect, resist and recover from an attack are essential to maintaining security and keeping a healthcare organization up and running. Technology to prevent cyberattacks Using effective technologies to detect cyberattacks is important, but security professionals say healthcare organizations need to use technologies designed to prevent attacks as well. Many good technology options are available to do just that. Multifactor authentication. McMillan advised...
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Cyberattacks have become an all-too-common occurrence. Health IT experts offer advice on how to detect, prevent and recover from cyberattacks using the most effective technologies.
The new year could be one of healthcare cybersecurity catchup, after 2015 logged huge health data breaches and 2016 saw devastating ransomware attacks on providers.
There are several factors that leave hospitals vulnerable to ransomware attacks, including the use of legacy systems and the fear of financial penalties due to a data breach.
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Cybercriminals have a greater likelihood of hitting hospitals than the community assaults envisioned after the 9/11 attacks. But technology is better poised to defend against them.