Why Ransomware is a Huge Threat to Senior Living Communities

shutterstock_175801847Ransomware is a type of malicious software cyber actors use to deny access to systems or data, holding the systems or data hostage until a ransom is paid. If the demands are not met, the systems or encrypted data remains unavailable, or data may be deleted. It is immediately disruptive to business operations and when it happens to a senior living community, it immediately impacts their ability to provide high quality health care.

As the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell points out, ransomware is debilitating in unique ways as it has the potential to:

  • Disrupt your ability to provide health services and other daily operations
  • Inflict significant financial losses
  • Damage sensitive data beyond recovery and repair
  • Expose data to a breach
  • Harm the hard-earned reputation of your business

Fortunately, ransomware attacks can be prevented with staff education, proper cyber hygiene, comprehensive backup and recovery procedures and continuity planning. In order to help understand and prevent ransomware attacks, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released two helpful materials, a Ransomware and HIPAA fact sheet as well as a resource for protecting your networks.

AssuredPartners NL senior living experts are well-educated on the cyber threats most impactful to the healthcare industry and can help your community develop a plan to prevent becoming the next victim. To learn more protecting your residents and community with insurance solutions, contact an AssuredPartners NL Senior Living Agent.

Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

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