First, what is ransomware? According to the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA),
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“Ransomware is an ever-evolving form of malware designed to encrypt files on a device, rendering any filesand the systems that rely on them unusable. Malicious actors then demand ransom in exchange for decryption. Ransomware actors often target and threaten to sell or leak exfiltrated data or authentication information if the ransom is not paid.”
Long-term care facilities are not immune from ransomware attacks and need to protect themselves from potential threats. The costs involved in undoing the damage are rising which is one of many reasons why protection and prevention are key.
Tips for safeguarding your IT systems
• Ensure all PCs are running the latest, supported versions of Windows and all other applications, all the time.
• Upgrade to advanced antivirus software that uses artificial intelligence to detect and stop malicious activity immediately.
• Install advanced email spam protection tools that filter potentially malicious emails and stop users from clicking on suspicious links.
• Provide employee training on how to recognize suspicious emails and potential phishing scams.
• Invest in a reliable backup system that can restore data in the event you are attacked.
• Consider outsourcing to a firm specializing in IT protection
According to SpecialtyRx CTO, David Klein
“At SpecialtyRx we value our customers’ privacy which is why we take every precaution to ensure that our clients’ data is safe and secure. The time for cybersecurity measures is before you become a victim of a ransomware attack.”