24% of health IT experts would refuse to pay ransom

As healthcare information technology professionals become more confident in their ability to respond to a cyberattack, 24 percent remain steadfast in the decision to not pay a ransom, according to an Infoblox survey.

Infoblox, a provider of secure cloud-managed network services, polled health IT experts on their confidence in responding to various cyberattacks and what initiatives they have in place to improve security.

Almost all of those surveyed (92 percent) said they feel confident in their organization's ability to respond to a cyberattack, up 10 percent from two years ago. More than half (56 percent) indicated they have automated systems in place that scan their networks for suspicious activity.

When it comes to ransomware, 39.7 percent of IT professionals are unsure if their organizations would be willing to pay a ransom, leaving a lot of uncertainty as to how healthcare organizations will respond to potential ransomware attacks.

Spending on cybersecurity has grown since 2017, up between 11 percent to 20 percent for healthcare organizations.

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