Increased Ransomware Attacks – What You Can Do Right Now

As was widely reported in the media last week, the Healthcare and Public Health Sectors in the US are being targeted in a wave of ransomware attacks. This potentially impacts all organizations who provide any healthcare prevention, diagnosis or treatment services. If you aren’t in the healthcare sector, what does this mean for you?

The hackers are using every means of social engineering – including spear phishing – to find a way in to the systems of these health care facilities. If you are a vendor, an employee, a contractor, a business partner, customer, or a contact of a health care facility, you are a target for phishing.

What can you do now to protect yourself and your organization from these attacks?

  • Be aggressive in your anti-phishing campaigns with your employees.
      • Be suspicious of links, pdfs, Google Docs, etc.
  • Use two different antivirus software tools and make sure they are both updated.
  • Make sure that all system patches have been applied.
  • Use two-factor authentication for all remote access to your systems.
  • Use an external back-up system that is completely off-line.  Having a physical backup is paramount to restoring your system if you are attacked.

If you need further assistance for implementing any of these suggestions, please contact Lurie.

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