26. July 2016 09:00
UPCOMING CHANGES TO PERSONAL EMAIL ACCESS ON BHS COMPUTERS, LAPTOPS:
Effective November 15, Baptist employees, affiliated physicians, and authorized contractors will no longer be able to access personal webmail accounts, such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, and others, using BHS computers and laptops. The reason for such a drastic restriction is a critical need to protect Baptist’s network from “ransomware” attacks.
According to cyber security experts nationwide, 93% of all malicious emails now contain ransomware viruses. Ransomware viruses “kidnap” computer files by locking the owners out of the computer. Owners have to pay a ransom to regain access to the files.
Baptist has protections in place to reduce the risk of ransomware in emails sent to mbhs.org addresses. However, these security measures do not protect employees’ personal email accounts. If an employee opens personal email on a BHS computer, then clicks a link containing a ransomware virus, the virus can infiltrate the BHS computer and move from there into the BHS network.
Personal devices, such as mobile phones, are not affected by the upcoming change and may be used to access personal webmail programs.