Cybercriminals are targeting healthcare organizations which means medical practices need to implement smart data policies and protection methods to avoid data breaches. According to an EMC survey, last year respondents lost 2.36 TB of data on average. EMC noted that survey responders with four or more vendors lost 5.47 TB of data last year which cost the organizations more than $900,000 on average. The cost of system downtime was $555,000 on average, with 22 hours of downtime each incident.

According to EMC, hackers and cybercriminals are targeting healthcare organizations because healthcare information is more valuable than financial data. EMC recommends creating an “air gap” or space between the main network and backup in order to isolate and protect backup data from ransomware and cybercriminals.