Crain’s Detroit Business: Michigan hospitals on high alert after health care cyberattacks elsewhere

Posted on November 16, 2020

Crain’s Detroit Business published a story Nov. 15 on the preparedness levels of Michigan hospitals amid the threat of potential ransomware attacks on the U.S. health care system.

MHA CEO Brian PetersInterviewed for the story was MHA CEO Brian Peters and Chief Information Security Officer Mike Nowak.

Peters discussed the actions hospitals have taken to protect against such threats.

"The good news is, our Michigan hospitals are as prepared as they possibly can be, as prepared as any state in the country," said Peters. "The bad news is regardless of all of the vigilance that we can provide, it seems that these cybercriminals (are getting) incredibly effective, both within health care and outside of health care."

MHA Chief Information Security Officer Mike NowakNowak shared how ransomware attacks occur and how the MHA is collaborating with members through the Michigan Healthcare Security Operations Center.

"It looks like it's supposed to come from any (legitimate company such as Federal Express or Microsoft) and they come all the time in different ways," said Nowak. "If users don't pay specific attention to what those what's in those emails, when they click on those infected links, it will enter their network ID and password, and then the hacker will have that information."

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