Why are Hospitals Easy Targets for Ransomware?
Ransomware, a vicious form of malware which locks up files, programs or even entire computer systems and prevents users from accessing them until a ransom is paid, has been a growing problem for all manner of consumers and businesses in recent years. One type of business that has been hit hard by ransomware attacks recently is hospitals. It’s no secret that the healthcare industry as a whole is vulnerable to all manner of security intrusions, as large-scale data breaches of health care companies like Anthem and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield have shown. However, you might be wondering what exactly it is that makes hospitals such easy targets for ransomware attacks — and what is being done to help improve security and lessen the chances of entire hospitals being taken virtual hostage by hackers.