A recent BBC article reported on several ransom-ware attacks on US hospitals–costing one hospital $17,000 and another had to shut down all their computers for a day. Securing patient information is more than just a HIPAA requirement–it’s about protecting your patients and your business–whether you are a two doctor practice in Colorado Springs or the largest hospital in the country.
Ransom software is a virus you can get from emails that have attachments in them. The attachments have embedded code in them that spreads the virus on your computer and begins to encrypt files. You will see a pop up window appear later giving you instructions on how to pay to have the files opened up.
That’s why we recommend a layers of security, which includes managed backups that take snapshots of your data over time. What this does is allows you to go back to previous versions of a file–instead of paying hundreds or thousands of dollars for the file to be returned, you may just lose a couple of hours work going back to a previous version of the document.
We are also picky on which antivirus services we employ, and chose the most proactive software available for our clients. We recommend against “going cheap” on security software, especially if you are safeguarding other people’s private health records, financial information, or personnel files.
Let us know if you need any help in protecting sensitive business information from ransom attacks. We are here to help small businesses thrive.