More than half of hospital leaders would not pay ransomware demands: 4 things to know

A new survey conducted by HIMSS Analytics and Healthcare IT News found 50.8 percent of hospital leaders would not pay ransom demands if hackers encrypted patient data.

Here are four key points from the survey.

1. The survey found 44.3 percent of respondents were unsure whether they would pay ransomware demands. Just 4.9 percent of respondents responded they would pay ransom demands.

2. The majority of survey respondents reported their organizations have been targeted by ransomware attacks within the past year. Just 18 percent said their organization have had no ransomware attack attempts within the past year, while 15 percent said they were unsure and 10 percent said they would have no way of knowing.

3. Survey respondents reported varying numbers of ransomware attempts within the past year including:

•    One to three: 32 percent
•    Four to six: 5 percent
•    Seven to 10: 5 percent
•    10 or more: 14 percent

4. Most survey respondents (73.9 percent) indicated their organizations have a business continuity plan in place in case of a ransomware attack, 23 percent of respondents said their organizations do not have such a plan and the remainder are unsure.

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