WannaCry Ransomware Attack World’s Biggest To Date
The latest and most lethal form of warfare, the cyber attack, unleashed its full potential across the globe this week. Multiple countries from five continents bore the brunt of ransomware attack, popularly known as “WannaCry” which infected over 4500 companies and 150,000 computers. The computers and systems were locked, the files and data were encrypted and the only way out was the payment of bitcoin – the notorious cryptocurrency – to the perpetrators of the attack.
From Spain’s multinational telecommunication company Telefónica to American multinational courier company FedEx Corporation, the attack has been non-discriminatory and has hit key infrastructures of corporate world. However, healthcare systems of the targeted countries saw the worst of it. The malware took advantage of flaws which existed in outdated Microsoft operating systems. It infiltrated the computing systems & databases of at least sixteen hospitals of the British National Health Service, causing an across the board lockdown of the systems and forcing the health institutes to divert emergency patients to other medical institutes and the cancelling of crucial surgeries.
Why is the Healthcare Industry Particularly Susceptible to Cyber Attacks?
Healthcare systems are particularly prone to cyberattacks as they are usually operating on outdated operating systems. Healthcare systems are home to all sensitive data like personal ID, home addresses, contact numbers and bank account information. The fact that such an enormous amount of confidential information is available on one platform coupled with the ease of accessibility, makes healthcare facilities particularly favorite for exploitation by cyber hackers. From most common to complex, healthcare machines like the MRI & Xray machine are basically tiny computers. A successful cyber attack means malfunctioning or a complete shutdown of this crucial medical equipment.
How to Counter Cyber Warfare?
Coming from an altogether different profession, doctors and health care managers are usually not tech savvy. Hence, it is essential for healthcare facilities to explore and invest in cyber protection. In this regard, Evershield has the complete package.
What is Evershield?
Evershield is a compact device which comes with a holistic IT Management Strategy. Evershield has been designed to fix the security flaws in your operating system and provide protection against suspicious agents.
Evershield is the preferred choice for the cyber protection of he health care industry as it is a comprehensive three in one package:
a. It provides the crucial patch to Microsoft operating systems, the absence of which caused the aforementioned ransomware attack to succeed. Your software gets updated, closing all vulnerabilities for malicious viruses to infiltrate your system.
b. A cloud-managed firewall is the second fix that Evershield provides to its customers. Through this, the entire network, as well as OS based medical appliances are protected from the onslaught of foreign agents.
c. The third fix is pre-cautionary in nature. Evershield comes with cloud backups which mean that even if your data is encrypted and lost, Everhsield will be alerted and the unaffected data will be recovered in a short span of time. ePHI such as medical history, treatment and diagnosis is of crucial importance to Healthcare facilities. Evershield is programmed to protect it.
Evershield – A Wholesome Package
When a cyber-attack is underway, time is of crucial importance. Evershield is designed to act immediately once a malicious threat is detected. Since it is tailor made for the healthcare industry, Everhsield is fully compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). In short, Evershield allows medical professionals and healthcare facilities to concentrate on their patients without having to worry about the security of patient data.
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