As digital threats to the healthcare industry evolve, and news of attacks grows more frequent, its easy to see why some consider cybersecurity to be a losing battle.Take ransomware, which moved from the 22nd most common malware attack in 2014 to the fifth most common in 2017, according to the 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report. In 2016, Locky ransomware attacks, which are delivered by email and contain a Microsoft Word document resembling an invoice with malicious macros, targeted multiple healthcare organizations. At least one, Los Angeles-based Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, paid 40 bitcoins nearly $17,000 to regain access to its network.And already in 2017, WannaCry and Petya, which both target Windows operating systems by encrypting files and demanding bitcoin payment, hit providers hard, with the latter forcing a West Virginia organization to replace much of its computer network.But ransomware represents just one of many hurdles. Phishing attacks that compromise private information from employees as well as patients can be just as damaging to an organization.

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