How do you educate healthcare employees to stop ransomware?

The last thing a healthcare CIO wants to hear is that their organization is a victim of ransomware… educate healthcare employees to stop ransomware

educate healthcare employees to stop ransomware

Educate healthcare employees to stop ransomware

At least 10 hospitals in the United States have been hit with ransomware.  Ransomware is a type of malicious software created to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.  And just because you pay the ransom don’t expect your data back!  There have been instances where the ransom was paid but the information was not unlocked!

Hollywood Presbyterian made international headlines after paying a $17,000 ransom to unlock critical data.

Hospitals are a favorite target of hackers due to the sensitive data compromised.  Most hospitals are dependent on computers and networks for day-to-day operations. Hackers know the effect they have on hospitals and the panic it causes.  Hackers know this can mean life or death to some patients, and they use that as leverage.

Our security training courses will educate healthcare employees to stop ransomware and malware.  Employees will learn to recognize when cyber criminals are trying to get into the network.  Training also decreases the chances that patient files will be encrypted with ransomware.  Employees learn ransomware basics and how to prevent attacks through email security.

How Hospitals Can Educate Healthcare Employees to Stop Ransomware

When ransomware hit MedStar, the company shut down most of the network to prevent the malware from spreading. Health-care professionals were not able to access email, schedule surgeries or make appointments. The hospital was forced to use paper records for communication and scheduling.

For hospitals, the best prevention is education.  Employee security awareness training is the key. Teach your employees to recognize phishing and ransomware techniques. Protect your network by teaching employees about phishing emails and to not click on links!


Ransomware in the News

Hollywood hospital pays $17,000 in bitcoin to hackers; FBI investigating

February 18, 2016 – Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid $17,000 in ransom to a hacker who took control of the hospital’s computer systems.  The hacker demanded the money to be paid by bitcoin to return the data.

Ransomware attackers collect ransom from Kansas hospital, don’t unlock all the data, then demand more money

May 23, 2016 – Kansas Heart Hospital was the victim of a ransomware attack and paid the fee requested from hackers.  The hackers brazenly demanded a second ransom to decrypt data.  Kansas Heart Hospital refused to pay the second ransom and their data is still encrypted.

Methodist Hospital in Henderson, Kentucky was struck by Locky, an attack that prevented healthcare providers from accessing patient files.

March 31, 2016 (updated) – Methodist Hospital officials say their system is “up and running” after Friday’s cyber attack.