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27% of Healthcare Organizations Have Had a Ransomware attack in the Past Year

The Kaspersky Lab reported that 27% of healthcare employees said their organization had at least one ransomware attack in the past year. 33% of those individuals said their organization experienced multiple breaches.

In the report, Cyber Pulse: The State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare, the lab explained that in 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights was notified of more than 110 hacking/IT-related data breaches that have affected more than 500 people. That’s a lot of money, not to mention how breaches can permanently damage a company’s reputation and potential harm to patients.

To investigate cybersecurity in health care, the lab used Opinion Matters, a market research firm, to do a survey of healthcare employees in the US and Canada. 1,758 were surveyed to look into the perception of these employees regarding cybersecurity in their company.

81% of small healthcare companies (1-49 employees), 83% of medium-sized healthcare companies (50-249), and 81% of large healthcare organizations (250+ employees) reported experiencing between 1 and 4 attacks.

According to the Penemon Institute/IBM Security’s 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Report, the average cost of a data breach has risen to $3.86 million. Kaspersky Lab’s 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Report reports the average cost at $1.23 million for enterprises and $120,000 for SMBs.

Of course, cybersecurity is important to prevent healthcare companies’ financial loss, but 71% said it was important to protect patients. 60% said it was important to protect the people and companies they work with.

Even though a lot of healthcare companies have a form of cybersecurity in place, many employees don’t have confidence in their organization’s strategy. As a matter of face, only 50% of healthcare IT workers were confident in their cybersecurity strategy, that fell to 29% of management and doctors, 21% of nurses, 23% of finance employees, and 13% of the HR department.

A lot of healthcare employees seem to have a false sense of security. Data breaches are being reported daily, but only 21% of respondents had total faith their organization’s ability to prevent cyber attacks and didn’t think they would suffer a single data breach in the upcoming year. Say what??

Even though 73% of employees said they’d let the security team know if they got an email from an unknown individual asking for PHI or login info, 17% said they’d do nothing. 17% of employees also confessed to having received an email request from an outside vendor for Ephi and gave them the info they requested!

Healthcare companies have become a major target for hackers because of the success they’ve had in the past. IT personnel, management, and all employees have to work together in order to accomplish the balance of training, education, and security solutions that will prevent breaches.

Tax Season and Cyber Security

Doing our taxes online: the majority of Americans are doing it, which increases the number of cyber criminals ready to target unsuspecting individuals every year. However, there are ways to protect your information and lower your risk for identity theft, fraudulent tax filings, and more.

Protect yourself. You can create a pin on IRS.gov to prevent the misuse of your social security number. To get a pin, you must pass the IRS identify verification process and then create a user profile. Always password protect your electronic tax files and encrypt any information you share electronically—although you should never submit personal information through email. Avoid using public Wi-Fi and unsecured wireless networks.

Know what to look for in phishing scams. Many people get shaken up by a supposed email from the IRS, but most of these emails are scams that are aimed to make people feel panicked and click on a harmful link. Do not click any embedded links—go to IRS.gov to gather information about what is required of you. The IRS never demands payment without having first sent written notice, and they will never ask for payments over the phone. Make sure to delete any harmful or suspicious emails from your inbox.

One of the best ways to protect your data is by getting informed. Understand that as the taxpayer, you are primarily responsible for your taxes even if you received help from a tax preparer. This is why you must ensure that whichever company you go through is reliable and legitimate.

Choose a preparer who has tons of information about them online, asks specific questions, and provides you with your own signed copy of your return. Avoid tax preparers who base their fees on a percentage of the refund or that have no proof online of their services or expertise. Avoid submitting information through websites that don’t have HTTPS in their url, as HTTPS pages use encryption that HTTP sites do not.

Elevated Tech values cyber security and always wants to ensure the safety of all businesses and individuals. To learn more about cyber security, data recovery, and the extra mile Elevated Tech takes to protect your business, contact us todaywe’ve got you covered.

CyberSecurity with Elevated Tech

Did you know that 62% of all cyber crime is against small to medium sized businessesDid you know that 60% of you will go out of business within 6 months of an attack?

The public typically only hears about cyberattacks against high-profile companies, banks, and government websites. In reality, small businesses make prime targets for cybercriminals, competitors, and disgruntled parties. Due to their lack of resources, small businesses have the least-protected websites, accounts, and network systems — making cyberattacks a relatively easy job.

Whether you have a website, online account, or any type of Web-based infrastructure, you are at risk for a cyberattack and need to take preventative measures.

Cybersecurity is no joke. And yet, 90 percent of businesses don’t protect their data. You may think your business is safe, but just having your files backed up does nothing to stop them from being corrupted. You need defenses that stop the attack before it even touches your valuable data.

Elevated Technologies will be your protector and your offensive line. To help you protect your business, here are three Elevated Tech smart and safe solutions that will keep you safe at all times.

·       Elevated Tech  engages your traffic with our exclusive MSP turnkey solution. It’s a bundled next-generation firewall that shields your business operations. This includes installation, configuration, deployment and management.

·    We patch almost anything so you remain profitable. Our management program patches Windows and more than 20 third-party applications. It’s a simple, predictable approach that streamlines patching with just a few clicks.

·       Our fully managed data backup solution automatically backs your files as frequently as every 15 minutes. More importantly, you’ll be able to restore your critical applications rapidly. And the solution is only about the cost of your monthly phone bill. That’s the same or less than managing it all yourself.

·       We proactively protect your servers, PCs and laptops from viruses and malware with a fully managed solution. It includes enterprise class endpoint software, 24/7 monitoring, and management by a team of technical experts. This total endpoint security is only about the same price as your anti-virus software.

Elevated Tech also offers training for you and your employees; your people are your best defense against an attack. We provide end-user security training courses that build awareness. You can count on three outcomes: Your people will form a healthy level of paranoia. Your organization will reduce its cyber risks. And our straightforward approach means you won’t wish you could get your hour back.

 

Contact Elevated Technologies today and be the percentage that stops problems before they start.