The number of ransomware emails jumped 6,000 percent between 2015 and 2016, per an IBM Security study. To put that into perspective, SonicWall reports there were 3.8 million ransomware attacks in 2015 and over 638 million in 2016. Despite the staggering increase, ransomware attacks are expected to continue rising in 2017, with some analysts expecting them to double.Of all the industries targeted, healthcare is particularly susceptible to such attacks because it relies on having access to critical information at all times. But ransomware isnt the only cyber-attack hitting the healthcare industry theres also malware, phishing, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), and more. In fact, 89 percent of healthcare organizations have experienced some type of data breach that resulted in stolen or lost patient records, according to Healthcare Dive.

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