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Healthcare’s Unique Cyber Protection Needs

Medical practices around the country are closing their offices and opening their laptops to provide healthcare to millions of Americans who are under guidance to stay home. As America’s frontline doctors, nurses, and healthcare staff continue the fight against COVID-19, hospital and medical center IT teams are waging a battle against a different kind of epidemic — the exploitation and compromise of sensitive data and systems. Cyberattacks surged nearly 50% between February and March this year. As the number of connected endpoints, patient portals, and telehealth calls rise, hospitals and medical centers must ensure the protection of sensitive medical and patient data across many mediums — often with small IT staffs and budgets. In addition, many public healthcare institutions rely on a mix of legacy and newer systems and outdated data security methods, leaving them particularly vulnerable targets for cyber criminals.

In any industry, the costs of a cyberattack can be steep. Nowhere are these costs more pronounced, however, than in healthcare, where any loss of critical information or minute of downtime could have potentially deadly consequences. A 2019 study shows as many as 36 additional deaths per 10,000 heart attacks occur annually at hospitals hit by data breaches, with patients waiting longer to receive critical care. Every minute matters, particularly for public and university healthcare institutions, which often serve the country’s most vulnerable and underserved patients.

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How Acronis SCS Provides the Answers

The stakes are high for healthcare institutions. Luckily, Acronis SCS’ reliable cyber protection and edge data security solutions are here to help.  Acronis SCS Cyber Protect — our all-in-one software solution, available on-prem or in the cloud, for AI-powered integration of data protection and cybersecurity. With full-stack antimalware protection and comprehensive endpoint management, Acronis SCS Cyber Protect combats advanced cyberattacks with a unique integration of protection technologies while simplifying daily IT operations, endpoint deployments and management, and reporting.

With Acronis SCS Cyber Backup 12.5, organizations of any size can maintain access to patient data and critical systems in the face of cyberattack — and forego the potentially deadly consequences of downtime — with our backup solution’s built-in AI-based Active Protection™ against ransomware. Our security-minded content management tools also protect sensitive medical and personal data without sacrificing productivity and collaboration — critical components for timely, life-saving care. No matter the hybrid computing environment, employees can securely access, share, sync and store data across edge endpoints with ease.

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