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Hacking for the Holidays

How to Better Protect IT Systems Against Holiday Ransomware Threats

Feature article by tw-Security President Tom Walsh

As celebrations increase, so do hackers’ efforts to gain data or cripple systems with ransomware. Organizations must be aware and ramp up security efforts.

 

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In this season of giving, it’s best to prepare for an unwelcome gift – ransomware.

You may have seen the news reports about the ransomware attack that occurred during the Thanksgiving holiday which disrupted the operations of Ardent Health Services, a 30-hospital system with facilities across Idaho, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Jersey, New Mexico and Texas, starting on November 23. Those hospitals had to divert patients to other facilities because of the effects of the ransomware.

Is it a coincidence that the attack occurred during the Thanksgiving holiday? Maybe, but I don’t think so.

Cybercriminals and bad actors know that hospitals and health systems will likely have a small number of IT staff on hand during the holidays …

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