Ransomware is an increasingly prevalent threat, with a rising number of variants designed to target our computer networks. Consequently, prior to the ‘WannaCry’ ransomware attacks that recently affected many healthcare organisations globally, the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) had taken proactive steps to defend against this type of attack. In addition, to support the health sector more broadly, the Agency has developed and published Risk Mitigation Advice: Preventing and Recovering from Ransomware. These guides – one developed for the executive level managers of medium to large health organisations, and one developed for IT practitioners within the health organisation – provide the information and advice needed for healthcare providers to prepare and recover from a ransomware attack.
Beware of risks associated with clicking links in emails or opening attachments (especially when they’re from an unknown email address).
To reduce the risk:
- First hover on the linkwith your mouse pointer, and look at where the link is taking you.
- Take a second to think. Any link or attachment that is not from within your practice or immediate network, or a recognised friend, should not to be clicked. When in doubt, either call or email (in a separate email) your friend or the organisation asking them to confirm that the email is legitimate.
- Only click if you’re sure it’s safe
For information, visit:
- Digital Health Cyber Security Centre– for ransomware mitigation advice
- ACSC- details of the WannaCry ransomware attacks can be found in the ‘news’ section of the ACSC Website
- Stay Smart Online– update regarding the WannaCry global ransomware incident
- Microsoft Guidance– specific guidance for Microsoft customers
- Australian Digital Health Agency