The high profile WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks in 2017 brought institutions—including major health systems—around the world to a screeching halt and drew attention to the rising cybersecurity threats facing healthcare.
In fact, the nonprofit ECRI Institute named ransomware and other malicious software its top health technology hazard for 2018. Hackers use these computer programs to infiltrate an organization’s network and prevent the organization from accessing its electronic medical records or online systems. The attackers then demand a ransom to stop the attack. These attacks can bring normal hospital operations to a halt causing delays in patient care that could