Experts On: American Hospitals Turning Patients Away Due To Ransowmare Attack

It has been reported that three US hospitals have been forced to temporarily close their doors to “all but the most critical new patients” following a ransomware outbreak. This incident was first reported on 1 October with computers at the DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Fayette Medical Center and Northport Medical Center all infected with ransomware  “A criminal is limiting our ability to use our computer systems in exchange for an as-yet-unknown payment,” said DCH Health System.

Offering insight and advice on this story are the following cybersecurity professionals:


EXPERTS COMMENTS
David Grout, CTO of EMEA,  FireEye
October 03, 2019
These attacks, which we class as “disruptive and destructive threats” typically fall into two categories.
Ransomware infections pose a more significant risk to healthcare organisations than entities in many other sectors due to the need for consistent, near real-time access to patient data and the potential for harm to patients should organisations lose access to important files, systems, and devices. These attacks, which we class as “disruptive and destructive threats” typically fall into two ....
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James Hadley, CEO,  Immersive Labs
October 03, 2019
People are at the heart of cyber threats and organisational weaknesses.
The healthcare sector is a target of cybersecurity attacks, and in the worst cases, these can be life-threatening. Indeed the number of hits only seems to be growing as cybercriminals become increasingly targeted and skilled. However, there is a way to mitigate the damage attacks are causing, and it starts with people. IT departments and other professionals on the front lines of such vulnerable se ....
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Cath Goulding , CISO ,  Nominet
October 03, 2019
Identifying malware and phishing attacks early is critical to mitigating the risk of ransomware attacks.
The ability for hospitals to provide constantly available care is a foundation of the society we live in, but this also makes them a huge target for hackers with the intent on causing disruption and forcing them into handing over funds. The impact of these latest ransomware attacks is being instantly felt by the public, as they are unable to attend appointments or go to their local hospital. It is ....
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Cesar Cerrudo, CTO ,  IOActive
October 03, 2019
The targeting of hospitals with ransomware is a growing trend; earlier this week seven hospitals in Australia were also impacted by ransomware.
These three hospitals in Alabama have been paralyzed by ransomware, putting lives at risk and causing ambulances to be diverted to other hospitals. Sadly, the targeting of hospitals with ransomware is a growing trend; earlier this week seven hospitals in Australia were also impacted by ransomware. Hospitals are becoming a major target as despite new technology adoption being high, there is often a ....
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Felix Rosbach, Product Manager,  comforte AG
October 03, 2019
The adaption of a data-centric security approach, protecting sensitive data with pseudonymization technology like tokenization.
The fact hackers target hospitals shows they have no remorse for the desperate patients who seek aid. Hospitals contain some of the most sensitive information we have, such as medical records, payment information and other personally identifiable information. Sometimes companies fear to distribute and share these datasets as they are sensitive and processing and storing is highly regulated. The ....
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Javvad Malik, Security Awareness Advocate,  KnowBe4
October 03, 2019
Criminals are shrewd in their picking of these targets knowing that these organisations have the funds to pay a ransom.
Ransomware is by far the most popular tool of criminals looking to make money. We've seen more targeted attacks this year going after local government departments and in this case hospitals. Criminals are shrewd in their picking of these targets knowing that these organisations have the funds to pay a ransom and that their operations are critical to which they don't want downtime. Companies of ....
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