OXFORD, U.K. — juin 1, 2022 —

Sophos, a global leader in next-generation cybersecurity, has published a new sectoral survey report, “The State of Ransomware in Healthcare 2022.” The findings reveal a 94% increase in ransomware attacks on the organizations surveyed in this sector. In 2021, 66% of healthcare organizations were hit; 34% were hit the previous year.

The silver lining, however, is that healthcare organizations are getting better at dealing with the aftermath of ransomware attacks, according to the survey data. The report shows that 99% of those healthcare organizations hit by ransomware got at least some their data back after cybercriminals encrypted it during the attacks.

Additional ransomware findings for the healthcare sector include:

  • Healthcare organizations had the second-highest average ransomware recovery costs with $1.85 million, taking one week on average to recover from an attack
  • 67% of healthcare organizations think cyberattacks are more complex, based on their experience of how cyberattacks have changed over the last year; the healthcare sector had the highest percentage
  • While healthcare organizations pay the ransom most often (61%), they’re paying the lowest average ransoms, $197,000, compared with the global average of $812,000 (across all sectors in the survey)
  • Of those organizations that paid the ransom, only 2% got all their data back
  • 61% of attacks resulted in encryption, 4% less than the global average (65%)

“Ransomware in the healthcare space is more nuanced than other industries in terms of both protection and recovery,” said John Shier, senior security expert at Sophos. “The data that healthcare organizations harness is extremely sensitive and valuable, which makes it very attractive to attackers. In addition, the need for efficient and widespread access to this type of data – so that healthcare professionals can provide proper care – means that typical two-factor authentication and zero trust defense tactics aren’t always feasible. This leaves healthcare organizations particularly vulnerable, and when hit, they may opt to pay a ransom to keep pertinent, often lifesaving, patient data accessible. Due to these unique factors, healthcare organizations need to expand their anti-ransomware defenses by combining security technology with human-led threat hunting to defend against today’s advanced cyberattackers.”

More healthcare organizations (78%) are now opting for cyber insurance, but 93% of healthcare organizations with insurance coverage report finding it more difficult to get policy coverage in the last year. With ransomware being the single largest driver of insurance claims, 51% reported the level of cybersecurity needed to qualify is higher, putting a strain on healthcare organizations with lower budgets and less technical resources available.

In the light of the survey findings, Sophos experts recommend the following best practices for all organizations across all sectors:

  • Install and maintain high-quality defenses across all points in the organization’s environment. Review security controls regularly and make sure they continue to meet the organization’s needs
  • Harden the IT environment by searching for and closing key security gaps: unpatched devices, unprotected machines and open Remote Desktop Protocol ports. Extended Detection and Response (XDR) solutions are ideal for helping to close these gaps
  • Make backups, and practice restoring from them so that the organization can get back up and running as soon as possible, with minimum disruption
  • Proactively hunt for threats to identify and stop adversaries before they can execute their attack – if the team lacks the time or skills to do this in house, outsource to a Managed Detection and Response (MDR) specialist
  • Prepare for the worst. Know what to do if a cyber incident occurs and keep the plan updated

The State of Ransomware in Healthcare 2022” report is available on Sophos.com.  

The State of Ransomware in Healthcare 2022 survey polled 5,600 IT professionals, including 381 healthcare respondents, in mid-sized organizations (100-5,000 employees) across 31 countries.

À propos de Sophos

Sophos est un leader mondial et un innovateur dans le domaine des solutions de cybersécurité avancées, qui comprend des services managés de détection et réponse (MDR) et de réponse aux incidents, ainsi qu’un vaste portefeuille de technologies de sécurité qui protègent les systèmes endpoint, les réseaux, les messageries et le Cloud contre les cyberattaques. Sophos est l’un des plus grands fournisseurs de cybersécurité et protège aujourd’hui plus de 500 000 entreprises et plus de 100 millions d’utilisateurs dans le monde contre les adversaires actifs, les ransomwares, le phishing, les malwares, etc. Les services et produits de Sophos sont connectés à travers sa console d’administration Sophos Central basée dans le Cloud et sont alimentés par Sophos X-Ops, l’unité de renseignement sur les menaces transversale de la société. L’intelligence de Sophos X-Ops optimise l’ensemble de l’écosystème de cybersécurité adaptatif (ACE) de Sophos, qui comprend un datalake centralisé exploitant un ensemble riche d’API ouvertes à destination des clients, des partenaires, des développeurs et des autres fournisseurs de cybersécurité et de technologies de l’information. Sophos fournit des services de cybersécurité aux entreprises qui ont besoin de solutions de sécurité clés en main et entièrement gérées. Les clients peuvent également gérer leur cybersécurité directement avec la plateforme d’opérations de sécurité de Sophos ou utiliser une approche hybride en complétant leurs équipes internes avec les services de Sophos, notamment la chasse aux menaces et la remédiation. Sophos vend ses produits par l’intermédiaire d’un réseau mondial de partenaires et de fournisseurs de services gérés (MSP : Managed Service Provider). Le siège de l’entreprise est basé à Oxford, au Royaume-Uni. Plus d’informations sont disponibles sur www.sophos.fr.