New Ponemon Report Shows Ransomware Continues to Impact Patient Safety, Per Survey of Hospital IT/Security Leaders

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Concurring with 2021 Landmark Study, Updated Report Shows Ransomware Continues to Have Adverse Impact on Patient Care, According to 579 Survey Respondents

Our findings indicate that Hospital IT/Security personnel continue to believe ransomware has a broad and adverse impact on patient care.”

— Dr. Larry Ponemon, Chairman and Founder of the Ponemon Institute

BOSTON, MA, USA, January 18, 2023 / -- Ponemon Institute, the preeminent research center dedicated to privacy, data protection, and information security policy, surveyed 579 IT and IT security professionals at healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs) to understand how ransomware continues to impact patient care, and to determine the value of cybersecurity benchmarking to reduce cyber threats such as ransomware. The independent research report, titled The Impact of Ransomware on Patient Safety and the Value of Cybersecurity Benchmarking, published in January 2023 from a survey conducted in Q4 2022, was commissioned by Censinet, the leading provider of healthcare risk management solutions.

This 2023 report provides an update to the industry’s first study on the impact of ransomware on patient safety, titled The Impact of Ransomware on Healthcare During COVID-19 and Beyond, published in September 2021 and also commissioned by Censinet. That seminal 2021 study was the first to demonstrate a qualitative correlation between ransomware and adverse impacts to patient care, including increased mortality rates. In this updated report, over half of respondents indicated that one or more ransomware attacks experienced by their organization resulted in a disruption to patient care. While the most prevalent impact identified was an increase in patients transferred or diverted to other facilities, over one-in-five respondents indicated that ransomware attacks had an adverse impact on patient mortality rates – nearly the same response rate as in the 2021 study. However, significantly more respondents this year indicated that ransomware attacks increased complications from medical procedures – up to 45 percent of respondents compared to 36 percent in 2021.

“Our findings indicate that Hospital IT/Security personnel continue to believe ransomware has a ...

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