At HIMSS, lessons from the front lines of the WannaCry cyber attack

The date was Friday, May 12, 2017, the first of four days that saw more than 300,000 computers worldwide infected by the WannaCry Ransomware attack. “Because of our position [healthcare] and because of the way we have elaborated our infrastructure not to keep up with sectors like banking, we have become targets, accidental targets,” Kristopher Kusche, vice president and chief information security officer at AMC, told a group of onlookers at HIMSS 2018.  Health care accounted for 28 percent of all breaches in 2017; more than any sector, with 374 reported in total, and an impact on more than 5.1 million patient records.

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