Ransomware exploits network weaknesses to breach healthcare, telecommunication, and computer companies

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There’s no better time to verify that your network is equipped with maximum security measures.

If your organization is a cell phone company, a hospital, or even a tech giant like Microsoft, your sensitive systems and databases may be vulnerable.

In the healthcare industry, hospitals and clinics across two states were forced to cancel surgeries and other services due to a ransomware attack that prohibited staff access to administrative systems. Even though some ransomware groups have pledged to spare hospitals, schools, and critical infrastructure from attacks, critical health providers continue to get infected — perhaps because many ransomware groups still consider them profitable targets.

A leading telecommunication company recently confirmed that a sophisticated cyberattack, made possible by an unprotected network gateway, gave hackers direct access to the company’s backup servers. The personal information of millions of people — names, birthdates, social security numbers, PINs, and driver’s license numbers — was reportedly ransomed at various prices.

Even tech giants like Microsoft are not immune to cyberattacks. In March 2021, Microsoft issued public warnings about attacks on its Exchange Server software. The announcement coincided with the release of patches to address vulnerabilities. Governments, corporations, and many other organizations use this software to manage communication and scheduling. When hackers exploited a previously unknown vulnerability, they gained access to sensitive data from schools, businesses, defense contractors, and government agencies all over the world. With new attacks like these coming to light every day, IT departments are re-evaluating (and investing in) their cybersecurity and data protection strategies.

Offering network solutions that raise your level of preparedness is one of APCON’s prime directives. For instance, APCON Bypass TAPs provide the most advanced external bypass switch technologies so you can continue to use your 10G / 40G security tools with 100G network traffic and reduce the risks of a breach if an inline appliance goes offline. The IntellaView Bypass TAP blade is a fail-safe solution that bypasses offline appliances and delivers traffic to functioning security tools to keep networks operational and constantly scanning for invasive malware.

To find out more about how APCON’s Bypass TAP solutions can help protect your network, contact our sales team for a discussion and demo.

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