25% of ransomware attacks cause healthcare organizations to halt operations, study says

A new study from cybersecurity company Trend Micro Incorporated found that 25 percent of healthcare organizations hit by ransomware attacks were forced to halt operations completely.

The study also revealed that 86 percent of global healthcare organizations affected by ransomware attacks suffered operational outages, according to the Oct. 11 Trend Micro news release.

Trend Micro commissioned the survey of 145 healthcare business and IT professionals.

"In cybersecurity we often talk in abstractions about data breaches and network compromise. But in the healthcare sector, ransomware can have a potentially very real and very dangerous physical impact," Trend Micro Technical Director Bharat Mistry said. "Operational outages put patient lives at risk. We can't rely on the bad guys to change their ways, so healthcare organizations need to get better at detection and response and share the appropriate intelligence with partners to secure their supply chains." 

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