Time to Test Our Knowledge: Healthcare Edition

The healthcare sector underwent major ransomware attacks this year. Ryuk itself accounted for 67.3 million attacks, with the most attacks on organizations in the healthcare sector. Amidst the global pandemic, Universal Health Services (UHS) suffered a massive ransomware attack that forced all the hospital chains to take their networks offline. Two months have passed since this incident, however, what did we learn?

Word to the wise

  • Considering the attack on UHS, there are some lessons that can be extracted to help other organizations bearing the brunt of ransomware attacks.
  • The conventional approach to security has been found to be riddled with holes. In order to address these limitations, a more unified approach to security is required. The foundation of this unified approach begins with cyber fusion centers
  • Moreover, a security team can be called efficient only through the efficiency of its threat response and incident management processes. Enterprises should implement a proper amalgamation of human capital and technology.  
  • The sharing of threat information is the way to leverage collective knowledge, capabilities, and experience to counter these threats.

You should also know

  • Not just hospitals, biotech and pharma companies encounter attacks on a daily basis, consisting of phishing attempts, brute-force attacks, and exploiting vulnerabilities in web apps.
  • Since 2017, of all the reported attacks, 40% was conducted in this year alone.
  • COVID-19 vaccine research is the pièce de résistance of most attacks this year.

The bottom line

Emergency preparedness is a crucial element of healthcare management. However, with cyberattacks packing the punch of a hurricane with every single attack, it is high time that the healthcare sector starts preparing for defending itself proactively. One of the most important requisites is for every organization in the sector to come together and share information to safeguard themselves. 

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