Ransomware attacks are hitting the healthcare industry hard. Direct attacks on hospitals and health systems threaten quality of care, while attacks on third parties across healthcare ecosystems create a dangerous ripple effect.

As a security professional in the healthcare industry, you likely know about the disturbing trend of opportunistic threat actors using ransomware tactics to hold sensitive patient data and healthcare systems hostage. But how can you protect your organization against these attacks? Downtime is simply not an option, so many providers give in to ransom demands in order to restore operations quickly. However, that response only emboldens ransomware attackers to launch more automated attacks.

In this quick read, Recorded Future solutions architect and ransomware expert Allan Liska highlights five areas of healthcare IT systems that are particularly vulnerable to ransomware attacks. For each one, he recommends practical ways to strengthen your systems and defend your organization with security intelligence so your medical personnel can focus on what matters most: your patients.

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