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Change Healthcare Ransomware Attack: 10 Lessons Learned

Summary of article from Guidepost Solutions LLC, by Todd Doss:

In February 2024, Change Healthcare fell victim to a ransomware attack due to vulnerabilities in its infrastructure, including outdated software and misconfigured settings. The attackers used sophisticated malware to access the network and breach sensitive data, including patient records, financial data, and administrative details. The incident underscores the importance of robust cybersecurity measures, such as regular data backups, software updates, strong passwords, network segmentation, and continuous employee education. Organizations are also advised to avoid paying ransoms and to stay informed about cybersecurity trends. Lastly, consulting with third-party cybersecurity experts can help assess vulnerabilities and strengthen an organization’s security posture.