5 Concepts Every Healthcare Leader Needs to Know About Ransomware



As a healthcare leader, cybersecurity is just one of the many areas over which you’re expected to provide strategic guidance for your organization.

The good news is that you do not need to be a cybersecurity professional or a black hat hacker to protect your organization and provide strategic leadership.

What you do need to understand are the basic cyber hygiene1 practices that can drastically reduce your risk of being taken down by ransomware.

No healthcare organization will ever “fix” everything in their computing environment. Even with unlimited staffing and resources, in today’s rapidly evolving technology landscape, new challenges arise as you fix existing ones. You can, however, mitigate potential risk. That ultimately is what cybersecurity is all about – – reducing and managing risk. It is not about stopping every single “cyber event” 2 on your network or systems.

Sometimes removing complications is as basic as asking the right questions — or in the case of cybersecurity — reducing the risk of the greatest potential threat, you are most concerned about. 


For today’s healthcare organizations, that threat is ransomware.

Understanding the Threat of Ransomware: 5 Key Concepts to Drive Your Strategy

  1.     1. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
  2.     2. Privileged Access Management (PAM)
  3.     3. Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)
  4.     4. Incident Response
  5.     5. Validation Protocols

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This paper delves into the 5 topics listed above and how to use them.

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