In Good Health: Protecting Healthcare Networks From Cyberattacks


Rodney Joffe

As we wrap up another year that has seen the volume and variety of cybersecurity threats rising across industries, threats against the healthcare sector, in particular, have caused a great deal of anxiety. In early December 2020, researchers announced that an international phishing campaign targeting organizations associated with the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines has been ongoing since September and, in late October, the U.S. government issued an advisory citing “credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers.” Therefore, not only are hospital systems now faced with combatting the regular deluge of ongoing threats but also threats specifically related to vaccine distribution.

While the healthcare industry’s cyber vulnerabilities aren’t new — cybercriminals attack the healthcare industry more than any other sector, and stolen medical information is worth 10x more than stolen payment information on the black market — the warning, and the attacks that...

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