By now you are likely familiar with ransomware and have heard horror stories that it is creating for healthcare organizations. If you read our recent blog, Medstar's IT systems were held ransom for $19,000 and Hollywood Presbyterian paid $17,000 to have their data released. Despite these recent events, you might believe these hosptials are unique and it wouldn't happen to me!
Whether it’s Medstar’s IT being held for ransom for $19,000 or Hollywood Presbyterian for $17,000, the FBI has made it clear that no hospital should pay ANY ransom to access their data. Instead, hospitals should invest in backing up their data to make it accessible in these worst-case scenarios.