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Preventing Cyberattacks Is Everybody’s Business
Online criminals are targeting healthcare organizations, jeopardizing safe patient care and exposing personal data.
Danielle Bouchat-Friedman | Senior Editor
Publish Date: November 7, 2022   |  Tags:   Healthcare IT Financial Management Patient Safety Staff Training and Education
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TROUBLING TREND There has been a staggering increase in cyberattacks perpetrated upon healthcare organizations of all types in recent years, and more than half (61%) of these attacks result in data encryption.

You’ve had a chaotic morning. The first patient of the day canceled their procedure and your nurse navigator called in sick, throwing your facility’s entire schedule off track. When you finally sit down to take five minutes to sort through your inbox, an email from your favorite takeout spot offering a free sandwich pops up; all you need to do is click the coupon to redeem. Without hesitating, you click a link that turns out to be a phishing attack.

Phishing is just one of the multiple cyberattacks occurring with increasing regularity at healthcare organizations across this country. According to the State of Ransomware in Healthcare 2022 report that is conducted by cybersecurity firm Sophos, an alarming 66% of healthcare organizations reported getting hit by ransomware in 2021. An even scarier statistic from the report: 61% of these attacks result in data encryption, which can greatly impact patient care and safety.

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