Faced with the multiplication of cyberattacks targeting hospitals, the government is fighting back.
He is launching this Wednesday a “vast program of preparation” of health establishments for cyberattacks.
In recent months, the hospitals of Corbeil-Essonnes and Versailles have been victims of major computer hacks, via the Lockbit ransomware.
It has seriously affected institutions, forcing them to transfer patients to other hospitals.
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“The objective is that 100% of the highest priority health establishments have carried out new exercises by May 2023”, explain in a joint press release the Ministers of the Interior Gérald Darmanin, of Health François Braun and the Minister Delegate at Digital Jean-Noël Barrot.
“A digital white plan will be drawn up in the first quarter of 2023 to provide establishments with the reflexes and practices to adopt if a cyber incident occurs”, such as the activation of a crisis unit or the assessment of the damage caused by hackers.
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This plan should make it possible to “pool competent resources at the level of each region in conjunction with the Regional Health Agencies (ARS)”.
A “task force” responsible for building a new massive multi-annual cyber plan project by March 2023 has also been created.
In 2021, a thousand ransomware attacks were recorded in France, according to the Ministry of the Interior, and around 260,000 cyber-related legal proceedings were opened.
That is an increase of 20% compared to 2020. During attacks against public bodies, the “constant posture” of the State is not to pay ransoms, the ministers recall.