How COVID-19 has Increased the Risk of Cyber Attacks.

June 18, 2021

The world around us has changed and our daily routines, worklife, and hobbies have been altered dramatically. From social distancing to working remotely, and the constant use of PPE, we’ve all had to embrace new practices. One practice that many have not considered is better protection against cyber-attacks. 

Numerous companies are required to work remotely, change systems, and share databases in ways they had not done before. It’s been the most challenging time for many businesses and also the most vulnerable time. As organizations adjust to new workflows and change of operations, a potential chance of data theft emerges. Telemedicine for example, has significantly increased across the healthcare industry which possesses its own challenges and risks.

This includes the hijacking of digital instruments and machines, modifying test results leading to misdiagnosis, and the resale of data. Many Hospitals Groups  and Clinics have also been understaffed giving healthcare workers no choice but to hurry between patients and computers leaving critical information accessible by lack of logging out and closing vital screens properly.

The two largest threats facing the healthcare industry in today’s world are, BEC (Business Email Compromise) and Cyber Extortion, also referred to as ransomware. 

Your clinic, employees and clients, are all equally important and should be protected from these unfortunate and unexpected cyber attacks. Cyber Liability Insurance is typically not included in Medical Malpractice Professional Liability Insurance or General Liability Insurance policies and should be highly considered. 

The Doctors Insurance Agency working in partnership with our underwriters can help you find an extensive Cyber Liability coverage designed specifically for small to medium sized Healthcare groups