A nurse cares for a coronavirus COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit at Regional Medical Center on May 21, 2020 in San Jose, California. A new effort from CIS seeks to provide support to hospitals targeted by ransomware. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Perhaps no part of industry has been stung by the scourge of ransomware over the past year than hospitals. Already overwhelmed and stretched to the breaking point by a raging pandemic, hospitals and healthcare facilities have also had to face the added chaos of locked IT systems, delayed care and substantial recovery costs.

The non-profit Center for Internet Security is seeking to lend a hand, pledging a $1 million investment to provide any private hospital with free ransomware protection in the form of malicious domain blocking and reporting services.

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