When health care providers think of viruses, it's rarely in a digital context. That doesn't make computer viruses any less harmful, however, particularly given the rise of cyber-attacks on health care systems. And unfortunately, it's no longer "if" your system will suffer attack, but "when."
Some 94 percent of medical institutions said their organizations had been victims of a cyber-attack, according to the Ponemon Institute, and nearly half have experienced multiple attacks.
A 2015 report by TrapX, a cyber security firm, revealed three instances where hospital equipment -- a blood gas analyzer, picture archive and communications system, and an X-ray system -- was the conduit through which hackers infected hospital networks with malware. (So much for the Internet of Things!)
One particularly damaging strain of malware, ransomware, lets hackers gain access to data, encrypt it, and then...