The computers at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center were down for more than a week, as they were being held hostage for $3.6 million. Patients were transported to other hospitals because of the breach, and crucial systems for CT scans, lab work and pharmacy needs are offline. In healthcare, a breach can be a life or death situation.
The news is an extension of the rising tide of ransomware, malware and other beyond the perimeter threats that organizations of all kinds are now facing. On that note, I’d like to offer a contributed article from Greg Mancusi-Ungaro, CMO of BrandProtect, about how healthcare and other types of organizations have become targets for hackers and what security measures organizations should be taking to protect themselves against breaches like the one that occurred in Hollywood.