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by ID Agent

In a time of immense strain on personnel and resources brought on by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, healthcare organizations don’t need additional stressors. But that’s not stopping cybercriminals from taking advantage of the upheaval to infiltrate healthcare systems and steal data

For the bad guys, the perfect time to hold systems hostage is when people need them the most. More than 21,000 people depend on the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District in Central Illinois and it was recently walloped by a ransomware attack. The organization was able to restore some functionality but not all of it, and a full fix just isn’t possible right now.  

Cybercriminals are mounting Coronavirus-themed phishing and malware attacks every day to take advantage of the extra stress on healthcare systems. Now more than ever, protecting systems and data from bad actors is critical so that staffers can concentrate on their most important work – saving lives.  

  • Protect All Passwords The fastest, easiest way for bad actors to gain access to data and systems is to walk right through the front door by using a stolen or cracked password.  No matter how busy it gets, good password handling habits from every staffer is the first line of defense.  
  • Prevent Phishing People are hungry for information in a crisis, and the bad guys know it – so they’re mounting phishing attacks using fake maps, bogus PDFs, and faux-official communications. Quickly refresh staffers on ways to avoid phishing attacks with BullPhish ID.  
  • Use Two-Factor Authentication HIPPA compliance doesn’t require two-factor authentication but it’s a best practice for securing data and systems. By using solutions like AuthAnvil, cybercriminals can be stymied when they try to gain access to data and systems even if they’re able to obtain passwords.  
  • Watch for Trouble Don’t wait for a data breach to happen – keep an eye on the bad guys to stop it before it starts. Dark Web ID monitors the Dark Web to see if cybercriminals have already obtained information or passwords that help them slip past an organization’s defenses. 

By using responsive cybersecurity tools that work together to create a strong defense, healthcare organizations can stay one step ahead of cybercriminals even in uncertain times.