Beating back ransomware: How hospitals, tech vendors and big pharma can help each other

U.S.-based pharmaceutical kingpin Merck was among many organizations affected June 27 by the Petya cyberattack, showing pharmaceutical giants are just as susceptible to attack as hospitals and health systems. The same goes for IT vendors, with Nuance experiencing service outages that lasted longer than two weeks as well as providers including Princeton Community Hospital in West Virginia, which had to replace computers after the incident.

Hospitals, technology vendors, even big pharma: When it comes to today’s cyberattacks they share the same risks and they can all learn from each other.

A recent examination of threats pharmaceutical companies face and how they deal with them, for instance, holds lessons for hospital and IT information security professionals.

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