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Ransomware Attack Impacts 522,000 Patients in Puerto Rico

A Medical Center and a Children’s Hospital Among Latest Victims

Susan Lucci, senior privacy and security consultant at tw-Security, offers a similar perspective. “The most common way ransomware is introduced to a system occurs when an unsuspecting employee clicks on a link or opens an attachment that has been compromised,” she notes. “Although many organizations have taken proactive steps to alert their workforce to this pervasive threat, it still occurs because the attackers make their communications look authentic. The subject line or content makes a compelling argument to believe the email is legitimate.”

… In the meantime, entities need to ensure that their users are trained – and frequently reminded – on ways to spot and avoid falling victim to suspicious email and attachments containing malware, Lucci says. Additionally, users also need to be kept in the loop about evolving threats, she says. “One of the best ways to keep your workforce informed is to make it real. Sharing current examples that have happened in healthcare is far more valuable than just stating the issue along with the consequences. It brings the situation into focus.”

 

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