Ransomeware Hits Healthcare Providers

Ransomware used in almost three in four health malware attacks in 2016. A new Verizon report finds that the overwhelming majority of health care-related malware attacks in 2016 were ransomware—72% of them, to be exact. And the only industry that has more of these kinds of cyberattacks launched at it is the financial services sector (15% of attacks versus 24% of attacks, respectively). “Healthcare has the unenviable task of balancing protection of large amounts of personal and medical data with the need for quick access to practitioners,” wrote the report authors. (Healthcare IT News)