Ransomware Targeting Healthcare and Public Health Sector
As ransomware activity becomes even more prevalent in our day-to-day lives, hackers and ransomers are heavily targeting the Healthcare and Public Health Sector.
CISA and the FBI, along with the Department of Health and Human Services, recently released an advisory describing the tactics, techniques, and procedures that are typically used by cybercriminals against targets in the Healthcare and Public Health Sector to infect systems with ransomware, notably Ryuk and Conti, for financial gain.
So, how do we detect these threats? How do they detect these threats? CISA, FBI, and HHS assess malicious cyber actors that are targeting the HPH Sector with TrickBot and BazarLoader malware, often leading to ransomware attacks, data theft, and the disruption of healthcare services. Within the Healthcare and Public Health Sectors, these issues will be particularly challenging for organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (which is pretty much everyone). Administrators will need to assess this risk when determining their cybersecurity investments.
Many organisations are to the point where they are asking themselves:
“How do we prevent this from happening to us?”
Or, in a more unfortunate scenario: “How did we let this happen to us?”
And: “What do we do now?”
New Check Point research examines the ransomware threat landscape for Q3 2020, noting a 50 percent increase in daily attacks. The healthcare sector is the most targeted globally.
- Regularly back up data, air gap, and password protect backup copies offline.
- Implement a recovery plan to maintain and retain multiple copies of sensitive or proprietary data and servers in a physically separate, secure location.”