Ransomware is Costing Clinics

If you’ve been the victim of ransomware, you know how painful and costly this type of attack on your business really is. Unfortunately, as 360visibility reports, “viruses, adware and malware have plagued computers since they’ve been connected to the internet.”  Protecting your practice from ransomware now forms a very important part of any clinic’s risk management profile.

To make matters worse, in recent times a new form of virtual attack has become much more prevalent – and it’s costing clinics and businesses millions of dollars

The concept of ransomware is not a new one. Extortion programs can be traced back to 1989 with the release of the “PC Cyborg Trojan Horse”, also known as the “AIDS Trojan Horse”. Over the last 10 years, and notably since the advent of CryptoLocker in 2013, these types of “Trojan” virtual attack threats have multiplied and become more serious.

How does ransomware work?

Ransomware programs infect computers, encrypt their files and then hold the files ransom, hence the name. If your businesses doesn’t pay a set amount of money (usually via untraceable means), the program threatens to destroy the files.

Remove the Trojan horse itself is the easy part. The pain comes when you realize your files remain encrypted and inaccessible even once the ransomware is removed. As a result, ransomware costs businesses regardless of whether they pay the ransom or not.

Azure Cloud Storage & Backup Makes Ransomware Disaster Recovery Simple

Because ransomware encrypts files so that they’re unreadable without a key, it can be extremely difficult to regain files after a local computer is infected. If no encryption key is publicly known, getting back the files without paying can be nigh impossible. Additionally, programs sometimes don’t decrypt files even if the ransom’s paid.

There is good news though. With Capstone and secure Azure Cloud Storage, it is, quite simple to protect your clinic and practice against ransomware attacks.

Unlike other cloud solutions, the Microsoft Azure Cloud was built and is run by one of the largest pillars in the computing industry: Microsoft. Microsoft takes every measure to ensure that the Azure Cloud is secure. The Microsoft Azure Cloud is protected by:

  • Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) requirements that ensured security was at the heart of every phase of the Microsoft Azure Cloud’s design
  • Operational Security Assurance (OSA) requirements that ensure that all operational activities adhere to rigorous security standards
  • Continual research and advancements in cloud security

Because Microsoft has been so devoted to a secure cloud solution for businesses, the Microsoft Azure Cloud meets more than 30 certification and compliance requirements in countries and industries throughout the world.

Capstone System can give your practice peace of mind and protect you against the threat of ransomware.