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Health Care Organizations Continue To Be Target Of Ransomware Attacks; HAPevolve Can Help

May 30, 2019

According to a research report from internet-of-things security company Armis, cyberattacks using ransomware continues to be a significant threat, with 40 percent of health care organizations worldwide experiencing at least one WannaCry ransomware attack during the last six months.

Ransomware is software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. During 2016, 88 percent of all ransomware attacks in the U.S targeted the health care industry, according to Solutionary, an NTT Group security company.

Two years ago, the WannaCry ransomware attack crippled more than 300,000 machines in 150 countries, including 80 National Health Service hospitals in Britain that were forced to divert patients after malware prevented clinicians from accessing medical records.

According to Armis, organizations worldwide continue to experience 3,500 successful WannaCry attacks per hour. The U.S. experiences more than 120,000 attacks per week.

HAP, and its subsidiary, HAPevolve, continuously monitor the issues and challenges facing HAP members, including cyber-security, and strive to find valuable solutions and partners to help mitigate challenges and capitalize on opportunities.

One of HAPevolve’s industry partners is Clearwater, a nationally-recognized health care cyber-security firm specializing in network and IOT security.

If you have questions on this important issue, contact Larry Estes, HAPevolve’s director, business development.

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