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Cyber Attackers Double Down on Healthcare Sector During Coronavirus Public Health Emergency

May 5, 2020

Well before the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, the healthcare sector was a top target for cyberattacks. Now with the public health emergency, cyberattacks are on the rise, including impersonation schemes, such as fake announcements by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and look-alike URLs.

During three days in March, cybercriminals shut down the computers at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District in Illinois. The hackers were holding the system hostage while demanding a ransom.

There has also been a surge in phishing attempts. Hackers know the enormous pressure many health professionals are under at this time and that they might more readily click on something they shouldn’t, which allows cyber criminals to infiltrate critical infrastructure systems by stealing credentials.

Protecting yourself and your patients from a cyber security perspective is more important than ever. You already have cyber liability protection through ISMIE – at no extra cost. If you’re considering whether higher limits protection would better fit your practice during these uncertain times, let us know.

To make a change or if you have any questions about your cyber liability protection, contact our underwriting division by email. If you utilize an insurance broker, you may also wish to contact him or her.

ISMIE also offers a resource on cybersecurityfor policyholders, which covers liability risks, potential threats and what you can do to safeguard your organization or practice. If you have specific questions about how your practice can manage risk while meeting the myriad of challenges you face, don’t hesitate to contact our Risk Management team by email.

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