Victim Count in Magellan Ransomware Incident Soars

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

The number of companies and individuals affected by an April ransomware attack on managed care provider Magellan Health continues to grow.

This illustrates the risks faced by interconnected organizations in the healthcare sector, some experts note.

"A health insurer not only has a lot of the same patient data that a provider may have, but they may have it for patients at hundreds or thousands of providers," says former healthcare CIO David Finn, executive vice president at privacy and security consulting firm CynergisTek.

The healthcare sector is dependent on a flow of information among business associates, providers, payers and government agencies, which creates risks, he notes. "Every exchange of data creates...

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