Published February 2020

Sponsored by Egress, KnowBe4, Nyotron, VMware Carbon Black, Yubico and Zix

Executive Summary

Healthcare is one of the most highly targeted industries by cyber criminals, with attacks including ransomware, data theft, and business email compromise (BEC), among others. New ransomware attacks against healthcare organizations across the world are disclosed almost daily, such as Great Plains Health in the United States (November 2019), Rouen University Hospital in France (also in November), and two health alliances in Australia (September 2019). Hospitals account for one-third of data breaches in the United States, and the industry has faced increasing threats during 2019. BEC attacks, initiated through successful phishing and other attacks, lead to data theft, snooping, and unauthorized access to patient data. Attacks result in numerous negative outcomes, including service delivery disruption, high recovery costs, and even business termination, among others.

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