Microsoft Defends Rural Hospitals from Cybersecurity Attacks

Microsoft unveiled a cybersecurity program that will support rural hospitals, which serve more than 60 million people in America.

Last year alone, the healthcare industry saw ransomware attacks rise nearly 130%, threatening patient care and hospitals’ essential operations. Smaller, independent Critical Access and Rural Emergency hospitals have limited budgets to prevent and remediate security risks and are often the only healthcare options for miles. These smaller medical centers are among the top targets for cyberattacks.

The new Microsoft program supports the unique needs of rural health care and will deliver free or low-cost technology services, free training, and free support.

For independent critical access and rural emergency hospitals,  Microsoft will provide nonprofit pricing and discounts for security products, providing up to a 75% discount. For larger rural hospitals using eligible Microsoft solutions, the company will provide its most advanced security suite at no cost for one year and Windows 10 security updates to participating rural hospitals for at least one year at no additional cost. Microsoft will conduct free cybersecurity assessments through Microsoft and its trusted partners to evaluate risks and gaps and offer free cybersecurity training to staff in rural hospitals.

Through the AI for Health program, Microsoft works with nonprofits, researchers, and organizations on global health challenges to make advances in telemedicine and improve clinical decision-making and prediction. In addition, the company is also working with community colleges to deliver the Cybersecurity Skills Initiative, and via the TechSpark program, driving technology and cybersecurity job creation in partnership with local organizations. Through its Microsoft Airband initiative, Microsoft collaborates with public, private, and nonprofit organizations to bring high-speed internet access to rural communities and build the digital infrastructure required for internet access and adoption.

The Microsoft Cybersecurity Program for Rural Hospitals in the United States is immediately available. To register for the program, visit

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