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Industry coverage of Censinet and its impact on risk in the healthcare industry

Epic beats competition in new KLAS report ranking Top IT companies for healthcare

March 16, 2022
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Emma Bardin
Electronic Health Records (EHR) company Epic landed first place for the twelfth year in a row as having the best overall software suite, according to a new report ranking health IT companies. The 2022 Best in KLAS report, published by KLAS showed that Epic beat out competitors Allscripts, Cerner, CPSI, and Meditech, according to the KLAS report. The overall software award looked at vendors that offered a comprehensive IT system for both a clinical and financials. Epic outperformed competitions in terms of acute care EMR, cardiology, and patient portals, among others.
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AGS Health Awarded Cybersecurity Transparent Status by KLAS, Censinet

March 7, 2022
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Elizabeth Goar
AGS Health, a leader in revenue cycle management solutions for major healthcare providers across the U.S., has achieved Cybersecurity Transparent status through a voluntary risk assessment process and program from Censinet and KLAS Research. AGS Health was one of the designation recipients recognized by the two organizations during an awards ceremony at ViVE 2022.
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How AHA is responding to increasing cyber threats

March 2, 2022
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Naomi Diaz
The American Hospital Association has increased its warnings and cybersecurity measures as concerns for potential Russian cyberattacks grow, Politico reported March 2. The AHA warned its nearly 5,000 members to shore up their cybersecurity defenses in preparation for Russian cyberattacks — including advisories for hospitals to block internet traffic to and from Russia and Ukraine. "Our organizations are continuously being probed and scanned from Russia, China, Iran and North Korea thousands of times a day, literally, whether it's a small critical access hospital or the largest systems," John Riggi, national adviser for cybersecurity and risk at AHA, told Politico.
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Challenges Remain for Healthcare Cybersecurity

Jan 5, 2022
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Rebeca Oi
Healthcare is one of the most critical industries when it comes to cybersecurity. With more money, data and patients’ health records at stake, this industry has a lot to lose. And while healthcare organizations have been working hard to shore up their security measures, they aren’t keeping pace with the rising number of cyberattacks.
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Foreign Hacking Group Targets Hospitals, Clinics with Ransomware Attacks, Says New Report

October 7, 2021
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Nicole Sganga, Catherine Herridge, Musadiq Bidar
A group of cybercriminals known as "FIN12" is expanding hacking operations and repeatedly targeting the health care industry with ransomware attacks, according to a new report by cybersecurity firm Mandiant. "This is a group that we have responded to so many times that we want to bring out the story, so that everybody can start defending themselves more effectively," Mandiant chief executive Kevin Mandia told CBS News. The hackers are shutting down systems — hampering access to patient records, transmitting radiology imaging and other functions that heighten risk to patients — until a ransom is paid.
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COVID Brings Deadlier Edge To Healthcare Ransomware Attacks

November 2, 2021
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Anne Zieger
Over the past several years, the number of ransomware attacks on healthcare organizations has continued to grow. Worse, these attacks are beginning to impose direct harm on patients. Despite the critical nature of these threats and the intense need to shut them down, healthcare IT leaders have been struggling to keep up.
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Pandemic Plus Ransomware Is 'Perfect Storm' for Healthcare

October 22, 2021
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Marianne Kolbasuk McGee
Disturbing findings from a recent study examining the impact of ransomware attacks on patient care must serve as a wake-up call for the healthcare sector to intensify its preparedness to deal with such incidents, say Larry Ponemon of research firm Ponemon Institute and Ed Gaudet of security risk management firm Censinet. The two companies conducted and sponsored the research.
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Pandemic Plus Ransomware Is 'Perfect Storm' for Healthcare

October 22, 2021
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Marianne Kolbasuk McGee
Disturbing findings from a recent study examining the impact of ransomware attacks on patient care must serve as a wake-up call for the healthcare sector to intensify its preparedness to deal with such incidents, say Larry Ponemon of research firm Ponemon Institute and Ed Gaudet of security risk management firm Censinet. The two companies conducted and sponsored the research.
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Foreign Hacking Groups Targets Hospitals, Clinics with Ransomware Attacks, Says New Report

October 7, 2021
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Andres Triay
A group of cybercriminals known as “FIN12” is expanding hacking operations and repeatedly targeting the health care industry with ransomware attacks, according to a new report by cybersecurity firm Mandiant. “This is a group that we have responded to so many times that we want to bring out the story, so that everybody can start defending themselves more effectively,” Mandiant chief executive Kevin Mandia told CBS News.
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Cyberattacks Can Extend Length of Stay, Delay Procedures, Survey Says

September 22, 2021
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Jessica Kim Chen
Ransomware attacks have the potential to increase patients' length of stay and delay care, according to a new poll of information technology and security professionals at healthcare organizations.
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20% of Healthcare Providers Report Higher Patient Mortality Following a Ransomware Attack

September 20, 2021
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SnapInHIPAA
Although there were no reported incidents of death of American patients as a direct consequence of a ransomware attack, new research indicates an increase in patient mortality after a ransomware attack on a healthcare company. Based on a new survey performed by the Ponemon Institute, over one-fifth (22%) of healthcare companies stated patient mortality went up after a ransomware attack.
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Russian hacking group doubles down on attacks against US hospitals: 6 things to know

October 7, 2021
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Hannah Mitchell
FIN12, a Russian ransomware group, is repeatedly targeting U.S. hospitals without considering how the attacks affect patient care, according to an Oct. 7 CBS report.
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Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Lead to Increased Patient Mortality

September 22, 2021
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Jill McKeon
One in four healthcare organizations reported increased patient mortality rates resulting from ransomware attacks, a new Ponemon Institute study reveals.
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Hospitals say cyberattacks increase death rates and delay patient care

September 27, 2021
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Nicole Wetsman
Almost a quarter of healthcare organizations that were hit with a ransomware attack in the last two years said they had increases in patient death rates in the aftermath, according to a new report sponsored by cybersecurity company Censinet. The finding adds to a growing pile of data showing that cyberattacks aren’t just causing financial or logistical problems — they could be major health risks, as well.
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Third-Party Vendor Risks Cost Healthcare $23.7B a Year, Report Finds

July 10, 2019
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Samara Rosenfeld
Third-party vendor risks cost the healthcare industry $23.7 billion per year, according to a new report from Censinet and the Ponemon Institute. The report, “The Economic Impact of Third-Party Vendor Risk Management,” also revealed that the yearly hidden costs of managing vendor risk is $3.8 million per healthcare provider. And over the past two years, 56% of healthcare organizations experienced a data breach at the hands of one or more third-party vendors.
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Ransomware attacks on healthcare networks lead to impact on patient care, delays in procedures

September 23, 2021
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Anna Ribeiro
Ransomware attacks on healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs) can lead to risking patient safety, data, and overall care availability, with nearly one in four healthcare providers reporting an increase in mortality rate due to ransomware. The COVID-19 pandemic brought in its share of risk factors to HDOs, including remote work, new systems to support it, staffing challenges, and elevated patient care requirements, according to a new research report.
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Report: Ransomware is a patient mortality risk, driven by COVID, third-party vendors

September 22, 2021
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Jessica Davis
A new report from the Ponemon Institute reinforces the patient safety risks posed by ransomware attacks: 22% of surveyed providers saw an increase in the rate of mortality in their health care organization after a cyberattack. The driving factors include the COVID-19 response and security gaps within the third-party vendor ecosystem.
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Cyber Attacks on Healthcare Organizations Increase Mortality Rate

September 23, 2021
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HealthTech Hot Spot
Ponemon Institute, a research center dedicated to privacy, data protection, and information security policy, surveyed 597 IT and IT security professionals to understand how COVID-19 has impacted how healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs) protect patient care and patient information from increasing virulent cyberattacks, especially ransomware. The independent research report, entitled The Impact of Ransomware on Healthcare During COVID-19 and Beyond, was commissioned by Censinet, a healthcare IT risk solutions provider.
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Quarter of providers saw mortality rates rise after ransomware attacks, survey finds

September 23, 2021
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Recca Pifer
Hacks and data breaches always pose a threat to business operations or finances, but are particularly dangerous in healthcare, where they could potentially harm the quality of patient care. Cybersecurity experts have been warning that attacks using ransomware, a type of malware that encrypts a victim's files, rendering them inaccessible to their owner unless a ransom is paid to decrypt them, have been growing in the healthcare industry over the past few years without a corresponding increase in security measures.
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Ponemon Study Finds Link Between Ransomware, Increased Mortality Rate

September 22, 2021
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Kat Jercich
A report released Wednesday by the Ponemon Institute found that ransomware attacks in the time of COVID-19 have had an impact on patient safety, data and overall care availability. For the report, sponsored by the risk management platform vendor Censinet, Ponemon surveyed nearly 600 IT and security professionals in healthcare delivery organizations.
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22% Of Healthcare Organizations Say Ransomware Attacks Increased Patient Mortality

September 27, 2021
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Compliance Junction
Ransomware and other destructive cyberattacks on healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs) can cripple IT systems, prevent access to protected health information, and often see appointments cancelled and patients redirected to other healthcare facilities. The disruption caused and lack of access to patient data can impact patient safety, and while there have been no reported cases in the United States of patients dying as a direct result of a ransomware attack, it is only a matter of time before attacks directly cause fatalities.
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Fifth of Healthcare Providers Report Increase in Patient Mortality After a Ransomware Attack

September 27, 2021
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HIPAA Journal
While there have been no reported cases of American patients dying as a direct result of a ransomware attack, a new study suggests patient mortality does increase following a ransomware attack on a healthcare provider. According to a recent survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute, more than one fifth (22%) of healthcare organizations said patient mortality increased after a ransomware attack.
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Quarter of providers saw mortality rates rise after ransomware attacks, survey finds

September 24, 2021
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Rebecca Pifer
Hacks and data breaches always pose a threat to business operations or finances, but are particularly dangerous in healthcare, where they could potentially harm the quality of patient care. Cybersecurity experts have been warning that attacks using ransomware, a type of malware that encrypts a victim's files, rendering them inaccessible to their owner unless a ransom is paid to decrypt them, have been growing in the healthcare industry over the past few years without a corresponding increase in security measures.
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Ransomware attacks impact patient care, including increased mortality rates, report finds

September 24, 2021
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Anastassia Gliadkovskaya
Nearly a quarter of healthcare providers report increased mortality rates following ransomware attacks, a new report finds. Ransomware impacts patient care in more ways than one, with 70% or more of healthcare organizations reporting a longer length of stay or delays in procedures that lead to poor outcomes, according to a Ponemon Institute report.
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Cybersecurity News Round-Up: Week of September 20, 2021

September 24, 2021
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Blog Feed
This week, some concerning statistics from a new healthcare study. Research from Censinet and conducted by the Ponemon Institute, revealed that one in four respondents reported increased patient mortality rates after ransomware attacks.
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Ponemon Institute: 67 Percent of Healthcare Organizations Hit By Ransomware

September 29, 2021
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Janette Wider
The Traverse City, Mich-based Ponemon Institute, an independent research firm, recently released a report entitled “The Impact of Ransomware on Healthcare During COVID-19 and Beyond.” The report is sponsored by the Boston, Mass.-based Censinet.
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Providers report increased mortality rates due to ransomware

September 28, 2021
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Keith A. Reynolds
About a quarter of healthcare providers report increased mortality rates due to ransomware. Healthcare providers at the receiving end of a ransomware attack may have more lose more than access to their data.
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RANSOMWARE CAN BE A LIFE OR DEATH SITUATION IN HEALTHCARE. AND COVID MAKES FIGHTING IT EVEN HARDER.

September 30, 2021
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Connex Partners
Over the past 18 months, Censinet witnessed a significant rise in the number of Healthcare Delivery Organizations (HDOs) coming to the company after ransomware attacks and other cybersecurity incidents. Even though the company works with HDOs across the country to identify, analyze, and manage risk across healthcare IT, supply chain, institutional review boards, and more, it saw an unusual pattern of attacks and wanted to look more deeply into contributing factors.
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Ransomware attacks on healthcare organizations may have life-or-death consequences

September 29, 2021
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Help Net Security
Ponemon Institute surveyed 597 IT and IT security professionals to understand how COVID-19 has impacted how healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs) protect patient care and patient information from increasing virulent cyberattacks, especially ransomware
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Report: 22% of providers saw death rates spike following a ransomware attack

September 27, 2021
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Anuja Vaidya
Ransomware attacks had an impact beyond mortality rates as well, with 71% of respondents saying that these cyberattacks drove up lengths of stay and 36% saying they led to an increase in clinical complications.
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Hospitals say cyberattacks increase death rates and delay patient care

September 27, 2021
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Nicole Wetsman
Almost a quarter of healthcare organizations that were hit with a ransomware attack in the last two years said they had increases in patient death rates in the aftermath, according to a new report sponsored by cybersecurity company Censinet. The finding adds to a growing pile of data showing that cyberattacks aren’t just causing financial or logistical problems — they could be major health risks, as well.
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Medical institutions affected by ransomware have released reports that patient mortality rate will increase and care will be delayed

September 29, 2021
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Gigazine
Cybersecurity firms Censinet and Ponemon Institute have published a report on ransomware attacks experienced by healthcare organizations over the last two years. According to the report, a quarter of medical institutions that experienced ransomware attacks 'increased patient mortality as a result of the attack.
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Ransomware Linked to Higher Patient Mortality: Survey

September 29. 2021
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Dan Hounsell
Nearly one-quarter of providers say their organizations saw an increase in mortality rates following a ransomware attack, according to a new survey from the Ponemon Institute. The study, sponsored by Boston-based health data security company Censinet, also found that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in less confidence among providers in mitigating risks posed by ransomware.
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Ransomware increases death toll in hospitals

September 28, 2021
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Terry Scott
According to a new report commissioned by the computer security company Censinet, nearly a quarter of health organizations that have been victims of a ransomware attack say that the death rate of patients has climbed within their establishment.
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Censinet and Ponemon Report: More Than Half of Healthcare Vendors Have Been Breached, Exposed PHI

March 5, 2020
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Cyber Jack
A new report issued by Censinet and the Ponemon Institute found that more than half of all healthcare vendors have experienced a data breach that has exposed protected health information, with the average breach costing nearly $2.75 million and exposing nearly 10,000 records.
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Patient Safety Concerns Grow Over Medical Gear Security

October 6. 2021
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Marianne Kolbasuk McGee
The expanded recall this week of certain insulin pump devices due to vulnerabilities that pose the risk of injury or even death to patients and a recent malpractice lawsuit alleging that the effects of a ransomware attack led to a baby's death are the latest warnings of potential safety dangers posed by security issues involving medical devices and other healthcare IT systems.
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Ransomware attacks against hospitals are having some very grim consequences

September 29, 2021
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Danny Palmer
Ransomware attacks against hospitals are having direct consequences for patient care as a result of the reduced availability of systems and services when cyber criminals encrypt networks. According to a survey of healthcare organisations, ransomware attacks have resulted in patients being kept in hospital longer, delays in tests and procedures – and, most disturbingly of all, an increase in patient deaths.
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Ransomware gangs cause headaches for hacker forums too

September 30, 2021
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Rich Stroffolino
It may seem like hacker forums are the Wild West of the dark web with virtually no rules. But a recent piece by Cyberscoop details that these sites have etiquette and rules, ones that ransomware groups are seemingly straining. Many of these sites allow ransomware groups to put down deposits as a mark of trust for selling services. If a group goes dark, the site owner can then pay out funds due to clients if they can prove they are owned.
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Hospital Faces Lawsuit Over Alleged Ransomware-Related Death

October 6, 2021
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NetSec Editor
A lawsuit has been filed against an Alabama hospital over the death of a baby, who is alleged to have died as a consequence of a ransomware attack that wiped out critical hospital monitoring systems. Had those systems been operational, the lawsuit alleges complications with the birth would have been identified and action would have been taken that would have saved the baby’s life.
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Ransomware Attacks Against Hospitals Are Having Some Very Grim Consequences

September 29, 2021
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Keri Forsythe-Stephens
According to new research conducted by think-tank The Ponemon Institute, in conjunction with cybersecurity company Censinet, the patient care implications of a ransomware attack on a hospital can be deadlier than people realize.
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No Honor Among Thieves: One in Five Targets of FIN12 Hacking Group is the Healthcare

October 4, 2021
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Stimulus Check Up
You’d hope that even though ransomware is a lucrative criminal enterprise, there might be some targets that are kept off the list for ethical reasons. This is not so with FIN12, a big game hunting ransomware group of which one in five of the group’s victims is within the healthcare sector.
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White Paper: Compromise Intelligence

October 4, 2021
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Karim Hijazi
Years of cyberwarfare have taken their toll on businesses today. The old models that kept organizations safe have become expensive posturing in a struggle against adversaries who have long since evolved to newer, more devious modes of attack.
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Report: 22% of providers saw death rates spike following a ransomware attack

September 27, 2021
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Winway Health Desk
Ransomware attacks have a significant impact on patient care, with nearly one in four providers reporting death rates increased after such an attack, according to a recent report. Commissioned by Censinet, the report includes survey responses collected by the Ponemon Institute in May. In total, 597 IT and IT security professionals in healthcare delivery organizations participated in the survey.
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