Cyber Attacks Are on the Rise in Hospitals, Incidences Have More Than Doubled in 5 Years
Ransomware attacks on hospitals pose unique challenges that put patients’ lives at risk.
Hospitals have become an increasingly common target for cybercriminals in recent years, and the aftermath can be costly and life-threatening for patients.
Annual ransomware attacks on hospitals more than doubled from 2016 to 2021, according to a new report published on the JAMA Network. The number of incidences jumped from 43 in 2016 to 91 in 2021. Of the targeted hospitals, 44% said their ability to deliver healthcare was impacted by the breach.