Ransomware Attacks on the Healthcare Industry


  • Dr. William Triplett Capital Technology University




cybersecurity, healthcare, leadership, ransomware, technology


The increase of cybersecurity threats poses a significant risk to the healthcare industry, specifically, healthcare organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and clinics. The increase in the development of smart medical equipment and mobile devices has made the healthcare industry increasingly vulnerable to ransomware, one of the most dangerous types of adaptable malware, intended to prevent entry to the system of an entity or establishment. Cybersecurity breaches consist of illegally obtaining healthcare data and ransomware events involving healthcare organizations. The healthcare industry has taken advantage of the rise of the digital revolution, resulting in unparalleled volumes of data. The healthcare industry is one of the most vital in the world, and thus, CEOs of healthcare organizations should adhere to proposed best practices to establish a strong cyberhygiene that facilitates the efficient distribution of confidential information in the face of these threats. This systematic review of the literature thought to determine how healthcare organizations in the United States protect themselves from cyber-attack. EBook Collection (EBSCO), Google Scholar, MEDLINE, PsycINFO, PubMed, SocINDEX with Full Text, and ScienceDirect databases were explored to answer this question. Identified themes include employee training, the need for a response plan, and strong data infrastructure.


Author Biography

Dr. William Triplett, Capital Technology University

Dr. William Triplett is a strategic advisor in information technology, cybersecurity, strategic communication, project management, lean six sigma, data analysis, and acquisition management. He served as the Advisor of Cybersecurity and Information Technology Advisory Board for the Maryland Center. He routinely presents at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. William has fulfilled various executive-level leadership positions. He served as the deputy director of information technology, director for open data and the executive lead for federal acquisitions in the United States Navy. He retains faculty appointments at the University Maryland Global Campus and the University of Arizona.  He also received his B.S. in Healthcare Management from Southern Illinois University, Executive Masters in Business Administration from Liberty University, Doctor of Strategic Leadership from Regent University, and is currenty completing a Phd in Cybersecurity Leadership from Capitol Technology University.  Champion of change management with proven business acumen coupled with expertise in information technology, cyber-security, data management, emerging technology, open data, governance, IT infrastructures, application development, encryption controls, data transfer, and migration plans. Fluent in achieving technology and security objectives, leading complex initiatives in global and dynamic environments, and aligning technology with business goals to capture opportunities, transform organizations, and solve challenges.