The implications for Healthcare to lose control or access to the IT systems is literally life threatening.
The first confirmed fatality occurred when a Ransomware attack unintentionally struck a German University Hospital in September 2020. There have been over 80 public cases of Ransomware attacks occurred in the US targeting Healthcare institutions in 2020. These are on the rise as Healthcare provides an attractive target with dated IT software, time critical data, and private patient information that can be used and leveraged, even if the target reverts to back-ups.
With hospitals left in a no-win situation, they will often pay the ransom to (hopefully) restore access to their systems/data but also increases the likelihood of future attacks.
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