Perspective: Managing the Increase in Cyber Threats

AHA

Rick Pollack

The threat to public health from the pandemic is thankfully subsiding. Unfortunately, a very different threat is on the rise: Cyber criminals have been ramping up their attacks on the health care sector, jeopardizing systems and putting lives at risk.

Last week the FBI issued an alert on “Conti,” a ransomware variant identified in at least 16 attacks targeting U.S. health care and first responder networks in the past year. These included law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services, 911 dispatch centers and municipalities.

This heightened aggression is seen in similar ransomware attacks directed around the world. Cyber gangs — often operating from foreign jurisdictions beyond the direct reach of U.S. law enforcement — have demonstrated their frightening scope by freezing...

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