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Ransomware Roundup: A ransomware response plan for healthcare providers

Ransomware attackshospital-1636334_960_720 on hospitals and other healthcare providers haven’t been making big headlines lately, but that could change at any moment, according to conference coverage that appeared this week on MedPage Today. “We’re just going to continue seeing more and more attacks,” conference speaker Tatiana Melnik, JD, said at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting. Conference speakers said it’s important to have backup protection and offered a five-step plan for responding to a ransomware incident:

  1. Check your backup system and make sure you’ll be able to get your data back.
  2. Contact your security officer, whether it’s an internal or external resource.
  3. Inform your legal counsel on the situation keep them looped in.
  4. Work with technology pros to investigate the encryption and weigh out your options.
  5. Contact the law enforcement. The FBI has experience and resources that could help.

To learn more, take a look at these additional data protection tips.

Ransomware doubled within 2016
Locky ransomware variants were responsible for the most attacks on victims’ computers in 2016, followed by CryptoWall and Cerber ransomware families, according to new research from cybersecurity firm Check Point Software. Locky which accounts for only 4.3% of all malware, was responsible for a whopping 41% of the ransomware attacks that occurred during the second half of 2016. Locky, which emerged early last year, certainly made its mark by year’s end.  Check Point expects the trend to continue.

Ransomware hits Mac OSX
The thing that every Mac user has been worried about is happening. The first Mac compromised by ransomware was reported in 2016, resulting in a shock to the Mac world. Fast forward a year later, a new crypto-ransomware is spotted infecting Mac OS X users. The virus has been spreading through BitTorrent distributing sites under the name ‘Patcher.’ This demonstrates the additional risk involved when downloading pirating software, and should act as a warning to Mac users to back up important data. For more information, check out how Carbonite is increasing support for Apple Macintosh computers.

For even more ransomware news, visit the FightRansomare.com homepage today!

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