FBI warns of large-scale ransomware threat to the U.S. healthcare industry

The threat of a large-scale ransomware attack once again grabbed headlines in the mainstream press as the U.S.’s Federal Bureau of Investigations, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Health and Human Services warned that cybercriminals were targeting American healthcare providers.

The alert, which was issued Wednesday, warned that there was “credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers” focused on “data theft and disruption of healthcare services.”

The warning comes as hospitals, medical facilities, and healthcare workers around the country are faced with spiking cases of COVID-19. The timing is no accident, as cybercriminals are leveraging the need for these healthcare providers to have access to their data and systems.

Healthcare MSP West One Technical at the Acronis Cyber Summit

At the Acronis Cyber Summit 2019, we expanded our Acronis Cyber Platform's capabilities even further and partners that attended were very interested to see how they could leverage the platform to add more value to their customers by protecting new data sources, supporting new data storage locations, implementing new data management functionality, and enhancing their applications with cyber protection.

We had an opportunity to interview several partners and hear from several of our healthcare-focused MSP partners in particular. Three of these exciting interviews about Acronis Cyber Platform are highlighted here.

Coronavirus Will Increase Cyberattacks Against Healthcare

Criminal activity spikes during times of crises as cybercriminals try to take advantage of the situation. Unfortunately, today’s situation is no exception: most concerning is the vulnerability of healthcare facilities such as hospitals, where the systems that care for patients and lab work are often linked.

Acronis believes we have a responsibility to the public, so we need to warn everyone: we foresee a further increase in ransomware attacks targeting private and government hospital systems in the coming weeks.

Cyber protection solves many critical healthcare IT problems

The healthcare industry is in the middle of a digital transformation: a necessary pivot from the antiquated methods of creating, storing, and sharing information to new data-intensive diagnostic and treatment applications. For healthcare IT professionals, the pressure to accelerate this transition is coming from all sides.

To respond to these challenges, protect patients, and stay at the forefront of the industry, healthcare IT professionals need cyber protection to ensure their organization is #CyberFit. Here is a quick overview of how cyber protection can solve seven of the most prevalent IT challenges your healthcare organization may face.

Ransomware attacks target medical facilities

Ransomware is constantly targeting medical companies across the United States. Within the past year, these attacks have led to downtime, lost productivity, and - in some cases - needing to close their doors for good. Learn how Acronis Cyber Protection solutions and the innovative AI-based Acronis Active Protection defense can help to ensure that these same consequences don't hit your organization.

The Power of Professional Data Protection

Welcome to the new blog! Experts from Acronis and the IT industry will regularly publish a series of posts examining important topics in data protection and secure file sharing and synchronization. The power and importance of professional protection will be a recurring theme for future business and technical discussions about secure mobility, cloud, backup, and disaster recovery in real-world hybrid environments. At Acronis, we often talk a lot about our holistic approach to intuitive, secure products. This series will explore why they’re important and what professional-grade capabilities mean to people in their personal and business lives, telling their stories of protection and recovery.

Data Breach Costs Rhode Island Hospital

Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island (WIH) agreed to pay $150,000 in a settlement with the Massachusetts attorney general's office on Wednesday following a massive data breach that included the loss of personal information of nearly 12,000 Massachusetts-based patients. 

The case began in April 2012 when the hospital realized it was missing 19 unencrypted backup tapes from two of its prenatal centers (one in Rhode Island and the other in New Bedford, Mass.). According to the Associated Press, the tapes contained ultrasound images, patient names, and, in some cases, social security numbers.

Bad news this week for the healthcare industry: According to new research, data breaches and loss cost the industry billions every year. With companies and consumers alike creating more data than ever before, backup and data protection is a must. But those aren't the only topics on IT pros' minds these days. Here's a look at a few of the IT do's and don'ts on the web this week: 

How Much Can Data Loss Cost?