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L A N C A S T E R M E D I C A L S O C I E T Y.O R G

Perspectives

Cybercrime
Poses Threat
to Health Care
Industry
Here's What Lancaster Health
Systems Are Doing
to Help Protect Their Data
SUSAN SHELLY
Writer

W

hile technology is vital to the health care industry, it also
is an area fraught with risk.

As cyber criminals become more sophisticated and increasingly target hospitals and health care providers, the industry
is forced to look for new ways to prevent attacks that can
threaten sensitive patient information and access to care.
Cybercrime, particularly ransomware attacks, has increased
dramatically across all industries in past years. Recently,
however, there has been an increase in the number of attacks
against state and local governments and health care providers.
In the first nine months of 2019, 140 attacks targeting governments and health care entities were reported, according to
Recorded Future, a cybersecurity firm that tracks those attacks.
Wood Ranch Medical in Simi Valley, CA, shut down in
December after a ransomware attack in August resulted in
widespread file encryption and damage to computer systems
that made recovery of medical records impossible.
A December ransomware attack on New Jersey's largest
hospital system left nurses to care for patients without access
to electronic records and forced hospitals to cancel non-emergency surgeries.

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