Cyber criminals around the world know that sensitive patient information held by America’s hospitals is ripe for the picking. Health care remains the top target for hackers, with 210 of the 870 ransomware attacks last year on critical infrastructure organizations directed at health provider organizations.
While any hospital can be a target, cyber criminals began attacking small and rural hospitals more specifically in 2022. Smaller hospitals often don’t have the information technology (IT) resources necessary to thwart increasingly sophisticated cyber threats, much less continue to care for patients when an inevitable attack occurs.
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