Elimination of ransomware from Health organizations

The internet informs, entertains and connects us. It’s the backbone of the global economy but our online transactions contain valuable data, making them a huge target for crime. Not just by ordinary thieves but by sophisticated cybercriminals. 80% of cyberattacks come from well-organized underground networks that share tools, data and expertise. There are many approaches opted by criminals to access data. They can send highly credible looking phishing emails tricking employees into downloading malware that if hackers access to secure systems. With effective online attacks and cybercrime on the rise, how can you stay safe? Enterprise cloud storage solutions allow the enterprises to store their data safely in the cloud and access them as required.

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Ransomware is the threat to each type of businesses and organizations. Health sector is vulnerable to cyber threats as well. Healthcare environments focus on data mobility and simplified data management. Ransomware attacks can’t be ignored in such a case.

Ransomware attacks which affected Health Sector:

There is a case of ransomware attack which was noticed in May, 2017.

WANNACRY:

The attack affected many businesses. In total, WannaCry effected more than 300,000 organizations worldwide. This ransomware attacked 16 hospitals in UK. The healthcare of many patients was stuck and the doctors couldn’t access the patient information and it created a huge mess.

If the hospitals had setup cloud storage solutions then the entire situation could have been different.  The hospitals can acquire a backup and disaster recovery plan which can help them out to recover the data in case of any disaster.

There is a storage, backup and disaster recovery appliance by StoneFly which helps the health organization to have protection from ransomware. It detects and blocks any suspicious changes to data.

Typically, ransomware poisons victim machines in one of three ways:

  • through phishing emails containing a malicious attachment
  • via a user clicking on a malicious link
  • by viewing an advertisement containing malware (malvertising)

Recommendations:

Be Prepared:

For the organizations who are a bubble, it is recommended that they have to be prepared for the attack. Sooner or later the attack is going to happen. Ransomware can damage the day-to-day operations by blocking the access to files and systems. To be prepared for the attacks is the only option. Every organization including health organizations must setup backup and disaster recovery to not be affected by these attacks.

Disaster Recovery Strategy:

The organizations must acquire a disaster recovery strategy keeping in mind their sensitive data. The health organizations have sensitive data about their patients and they have to have a disaster recovery strategy right on point so that their data is saved and recovered in no time.

To have a data security companies have to make a backup and disaster recovery plan which helps them out to store, backup and recover the data when needed.

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