Microsoft introduces new program to protect rural hospitals –

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The program was designed to protect rural hospitals across the U.S., as ransomware attacks become more common.

AUSTIN, Texas — In recent months, ransomware attacks have become increasingly prevalent in hospitals across the United States, including in Texas.

This issue can be especially detrimental for health care facilities in rural areas, as there might not be nearby options available if systems crash.

In order to help decrease these online attacks, Microsoft has partnered with the White House, the American Hospital Association and the American Rural Health Association to introduce its new Cybersecurity Program for Rural Hospitals.

The initiative was created to add a series of updates to more than 2,100 rural hospitals throughout 48 U.S. states, 157 of which are in Texas. Hospitals in these areas can expect to receive free training for new, affordable technology.

Free Windows 10 security updates will also be offered for those in the program for a year or more, along with free cybersecurity assessments and training opportunities. Larger hospitals in the program can also receive free security software after reaching a year with the program.

Additionally, rural emergency and critical access hospitals will have access to discounts up to 75% based on nonprofit status.

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Ascension Seton recovers from ransomware attacks

Last year alone, ransomware attacks at health care facilities across the country grew by approximately 130%.

In Central Texas, one of the most recent incidents happened just last month at Ascension Seton. During the attack, malicious software impacted some of the medical center’s phones, test systems, online records system (MyChart) and more.

The hospital transitioned to paper systems for nearly a month until June 4, when technology was again reinstalled.

Now, these new services are looking to prevent similar issues from happening going forward.

RELATED: Systems restored after weekslong Ascension ransomware attack

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