WordPress Vulnerabilities: How WP Site Protection Helps Safeguard Medical Practices & Healthcare Organizations

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THE CHALLENGE

Healthcare organizations are often targeted by cyber-attacks because of their public visibility, strict regulatory privacy rules, and collection of valuable data. In 2020, approximately 560 healthcare organizations were substantially impacted by ransomware attacks on their websites, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

These website and system attacks caused:

  • Significant loss of revenues
  • Major operational disruptions
  • Legal liabilities
  • Delayed patient treatments
  • Redirection of ambulances
  • Forced staff furloughs
  • Permanent loss of patient records

In late 2023, one hospital in Southern California publicly declared an “internal disaster” due to a cyberattack. Various organizations, including the American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Department of Health and Human Services, are advising all types of healthcare providers to redouble their cybersecurity measures.

A primary method for such cyberattacks is through websites. Over 43% of the world’s websites are built on the popular WordPress platform. This makes out-of-date WordPress websites a prime target for cybercriminals, hackers, and automated infections.

One in three of all WordPress websites (34%) are currently outdated, running on obsolete software versions, databases, and Plugins, creating significant vulnerabilities and risks to the business or organization.  

THE SOLUTION

Regular WordPress software updates by an experienced professional is the easiest way to protect any WordPress website against cyberattacks such as ransomware, malware, trojans, and spam injections. These attacks can completely derail any medical, dental, or chiropractic practice, just as they impacted the hospitals mentioned above.

Running the business side of a healthcare organization comes with too many daily challenges as it is. Set and forget your website’s maintenance and protection with one of WP Site Protection’s packages starting at just $167 per month. This ounce of prevention is truly worth much more than a pound of cure!

THE RESULTS

Performing regular WordPress website maintenance improves website performance, enhances overall site security, and helps safeguard valuable data.  Engaging WP Site Protection for this task assures timely updates without further burden on in-house IT departments. 

ABOUT WP SITE PROTECTION

WP Site Protection is a USA-based WordPress maintenance and security service provider with a mission to protect WordPress websites from the two most prevalent threats: obsolete technology and security vulnerabilities. With over 15 years of WordPress experience, WP Site Protection helps to secure its client’s confidential data, sales, revenue, and overall reputation.

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