Ransomware on the rise in NZ Health Sector
The Ministry of Health is wanting to raise the awareness of what Ransomware is and what businesses should be doing to protect against its rise in New Zealand. Ransomware is defined by the United States Department of Justice as “a form of malware that targets both human and technical weaknesses in organisations in an effort to deny the availability of critical data and / or systems”. In essence when systems are compromised with ransomware, the cybercriminal demands a fee to release your compromised data back to you.
Ransomware is a form of malware that targets both human and technical weaknesses .. to deny the availability of critical data or systems
The MOH has been working with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Cyber Policy Office to begin to produce more material and guidelines for the health sector in dealing with this threat.
Remind your staff that there are steps that they should take to be vigilant against malicious electronic content:
- Only open attachments when you know what they are.
- If you are not certain of an attachment, contact the sender for conformation before you open it.
- Only open links in emails when you know where they are taking you or contact the sender to determine a site’s legitimacy.
Paying a ransom does not guarantee an organisation will regain access to their data. The FBI points out that paying a ransom emboldens cyber criminals to target other organisations.
Paying a ransom does not guarantee an organisation will regain access to their data
The Ministry of Health has provided the following resources (on the right hand side bar) to help you as an organisation understand the threats posed and how to prevent an attack from being successful.