3 steps to protect your practice against ransomware

Attackers use a wide range of techniques to break into systems, find sensitive data and deploy encryption tools to lock down data

Ransomware is perhaps the biggest cybersecurity challenge facing the healthcare industry today. A recent survey found that 73% of healthcare systems, including hospital and medical organizations, said their data infrastructures were unprepared to respond to attacks. data breaches.

Many hospitals and medical centers, including those providing veterinary services, have seen their operations severely affected or even interrupted by attacks, which is difficult under normal circumstances, but almost insurmountable in a pandemic. In reported cases, files and systems have been infected, forcing practitioners to use manual pen-and-paper systems to prevent operations from shutting down completely.

In a widely reported veterinary case, York Animal Hospital in Maine lost its server full of patient information along with backup data in a cyberattack in 2021. The hospital was forced to rely on limited paper files, recorded e-mails and information provided by customers to reconstruct many of its destroyed files.

Attackers use a wide range of techniques to break into systems, find sensitive data, deploy encryption tools to lock down the data, and then demand a ransom in exchange for recovering the encryption keys. By using the measures outlined below, practicing veterinarians can help protect their business, patients, and data from ransomware attacks.

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