Rural hospitals need help from feds to fight ransomware, witnesses tell lawmakers

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As ransomware attacks continue to pummel the U.S. health care sector, costing hospitals millions of dollars and exposing patient’s sensitive medical records, rural hospitals are in dire need of assistance from the federal government, experts said Thursday during a Senate hearing.

Witnesses at the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee told lawmakers that while there is a plethora of information doled out by private industry groups and federal government agencies such as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the issue is for smaller hospitals to find resources such as cybersecurity-focused employees to apply them in an actionable way.

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