While ransomware threats are mostly an unknown entity to everyday consumers and Internet users, the widespread havoc these types of attacks have waged on healthcare organizations during 2016 started hitting a little too close to home. Consumers need to dispel the mindset of “that won’t happen to me” and make the connection that their information is being targeted – it’s just happening through a third party database, not their personal devices. Information can’t get more personal than health data, and the fact that this industry has been a constant target of ransomware attacks over the last twelve months demonstrates a pressing need to find a solution to these threats.
With several other security concerns plaguing the healthcare industry, such as insecure medical devices, we do not need ransomware attacks to create a future where individual patients are being targeted by hackers during an operation or stay at a healthcare organization. That’s an entirely new frontier we do not want to cross.