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Experts Warn Ransomware 2.0 Coming to Healthcare

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After a series of wide-spread ransomware attacks earlier this year, experts are warning that the next wave of assaults will be much more sophisticated and targeted, and the healthcare industry is at particular risk.

According to security consultants interviewed by Healthcare IT News, ransomware to-date has been simplistic compared to what will be seen in the future. Most ransomware attacks have focused on small vulnerabilities that affect millions of people. The future attacks that worry experts will instead be highly-specialized, tailored to the unique weaknesses of a particular organization.

The experts also suggest that Internet of Things and connected medical devices will be particularly attractive targets. They insist that healthcare companies must be actively preparing for these scenarios, with a particular focus on the fundamentals of IT security, such as “patching, privileged credential protections, network segmentation, asset isolation, and perimeter protections.”

Click here to read about a recent ransomware attack and what it means for healthcare on Klick’s DigitalRX blog.

Source: HealthcareIT News

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