On Your Side: New program helping Ozarks healthcare providers fend off cybersecurity attacks – KY3

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – A new program from Microsoft and Google offers cybersecurity for rural hospitals.

According to the 2023 FBI Internet Crime Report, the FBI received nearly 1,200 complaints of critical infrastructure being attacked by ransomware, almost 250 of which involved healthcare services. Microsoft announced it will launch a new cyber security program to help hospitals in rural America combat attacks on their networks.

“Rural hospitals have been hit with cyber attacks in the past, so this is a massive plus for our rural hospitals to be able to get some assistance,” said Heidi Lucas of the Missouri Rural Health Association. “IT is notoriously expensive, and when cyber attacks happen, many times, these hospitals just pay the ransom, and that could be millions and millions of dollars that they just don’t have in their bottom line.”

The Missouri Rural Health Association says programs, like Microsoft’s, are a huge benefit when it comes to protecting hospital networks because of the cost that IT can have on a small community hospital or health care system.

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