Hospital cyberattacks have doubled from 2016 to 2021, posing a significant threat to patient safety and healthcare infrastructure. Often driven by ransomware gangs, these attacks paralyze vital healthcare services, disrupting patient care and prolonging wait times. The situation is particularly dire for smaller hospitals, which frequently lack resources for cybersecurity. The financial burden of the pandemic exacerbates the issue, intensifying the need for federal intervention to improve cybersecurity preparedness and training for healthcare personnel. Concurrently, there's a challenge in promoting cybersecurity awareness while retaining patient trust. The damage from such attacks affects not just individual hospitals, but the broader healthcare system, contributing to increased mortality rates. Consequently, the healthcare sector must view this surge in cyberattacks as an urgent call for strengthened defenses and learning opportunities.
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