The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of cloud services across all industries, but particularly for healthcare providers. If your healthcare organization is considering moving your email from on-premise servers to the cloud, you must do your due diligence around significant security drawbacks that may overshadow the perceived benefits.In the first half of 2020, security researchers, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and other federal agencies have posted warnings that cyber-attackers are taking advantage of the increase in remote workers and the COVID-19 crisis. These activities include a huge increase in business email compromise schemes and fraud attempts. In just two examples:
- The World Health Organization (WHO) said that they have experienced a fivefold increase in phishing and ransomware attacks over the same period.
- In May, Microsoft alerted users to a new widespread COVID-19 themed phishing campaign that used the NetSupport Manager remote administration tool to completely take over a user's system and execute commands on it remotely. Cybercriminals were impersonating Johns Hopkins University and using malicious Excel attachments to infect users’ devices.
It’s critical that your healthcare facility makes the right decision when choosing an email and collaboration solution. We've created the following infographic to illustrate key points to consider between an on-premise email server such as MDaemon and hosted email providers like G Suite, Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365), etc.
Contact us if you'd like to learn more about MDaemon; we offer specialized demonstrations for healthcare providers.