Why healthcare remains a prized target for cybercriminals

Tahawul Tech

Ryan Witt

The healthcare industry has long been under attack. Masses of valuable, sensitive data, an often-imperative need for uninterrupted service, and a patchwork of legacy systems make the sector an attractive target for cybercriminals.

Healthcare data is valuable for two reasons. First, because Personally Identifiable Information (PII) or Protected Health Information (PHI) provide cybercriminals with a treasure trove for data identity theft making healthcare data arguably more lucrative than financial data.

Secondly, healthcare data is valuable because it can be monetised: people are prepared to pay good money to intercept prescriptions for controlled substances or access intellectual property in the form of clinical research.

Whether through phishing, email compromise, ransomware or...

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