Ransomware is particularly troubling for the medical practice. There are over 4,000 attacks daily and that is a sharp increase from 1,000 daily in 2016. Ransomware exploits human and technical weaknesses to gain access to your practice’s technical infrastructure in order to deny you access to it. Attackers usually require that you send them a payment (usually in bitcoin or some other cryptocurrency) in order to regain access to (your own) information and systems.
HIPAA requires that you take the necessary steps to protect your information