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Cyberattacks in the Health Care Industry: The Way Forward

April 5th, 2022

By Daniel Garrie and Gail Andler

Cyberattacks in the Health Care Industry

What threats does the health care industry face? The health care industry is particularly vulnerable to cybercrime given its dependence on electronic health information and antiquated security systems. Apart from data breaches, health care institutions face a more recent threat in the form of ransomware. This is “a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.” Ransomware attacks and its effects put patients’ lives at risk.

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