With his board’s backing, Halifax Health Vice President and Chief Information Officer Tom Stafford embarked on an expansion of cybersecurity operations at the 92-year-old community hospital system based in Daytona Beach, Florida. Among his top priorities: preventing both ransomware that locked down critical systems, and data heists accomplished through fraudulent email
Both types of malicious activity were on the rise nationally. And they still are. Data breaches are becoming more commonplace and ransomware is forcing hospitals to divert patients to other facilities until the malware can be removed or the ransom paid in cryptocurrency. Stafford wanted to devote enough resources to mitigate those risks as much as possible and keep Halifax Health out of the headlines.