Lab tests and diagnostics, medical staff shifts, surgery schedule, patient history – all this data is now hosted, for the most part, in a digital environment. The era of endless file cabinets has come to an end. Which would explain why modern hospitals and laboratories have become one of the most enticing targets for cybercriminals everywhere. Just imagine what someone could do if he or she had access to all that information.

Unfortunately, it is in the nature of man to focus on what is happening in the now more than on what could happen in a not so certain future. It took about a dozen ransomware infections spreading all around major hospitals the US this year only to finally raise awareness on just how devastating a cyber-attack can be for operators of essential services. Starting with the Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital-jacking last February and ending with the most recent hospital horror show, the ransomware epidemic has reached a whole new level.

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