The future of healthcare and private health is in jeopardy.
According to a July 6, 2022, alert from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), FBI, and Department of the Treasury, North Korea-sponsored threat actors have been targeting the U.S. healthcare and public health sector for over a year.
In the official statement, the FBI warns that they’ve detected a strain of ransomware, aptly titled “Maui”, attacking public health organizations since as far back as May 2021. North Korean state-sponsored threat actors deployed the Maui ransomware to hijack and encrypt servers storing sensitive healthcare data. This includes patient medical records, imaging services, and diagnostics, now unreachable unless the hospital pays a fee. The malicious cyber-attack was unfortunately successful in disrupting many healthcare services for a substantial amount of time.
But what does this mean for the future of the healthcare industry?
In light of these attacks, federal agencies are currently urging those in healthcare to fully re-examine their current cybersecurity standing. This includes revisiting their infrastructure, cyber etiquette, and employee training. CISA also recommends fully investing in a robust antivirus software, reporting phishing attempts, and enforcing multifactor authentication (MFA) for all sign-ins.
In addition, they recommend healthcare organizations to:
Is your healthcare organization prepared for ransomware?
Following the official recommendation from the CISA is just the beginning.
Threat actors can target any healthcare organization at anytime. You’ll need protection, such as backup storage and data encryption, a business continuity plan, a disaster recovery plan, and a technology roadmap.
Learning the ins and outs of cybersecurity is a monumental commitment with a large technical barrier.
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Check out our previous blog entries, or contact a member of our team to learn more about protecting your business from ransomware and other cyber threats.