In the year ahead, cyber threats to the healthcare sector will continue to evolve from attacks primarily involving the theft of health data to assaults aimed at disrupting organizations’ operations, predicts Sean Murphy, CISO of health insurer Premera Blue Cross.”I see more disruption in the industry around cybersecurity – it’s more than data exfiltration as a concern. I see more ransomware attacks and denial-of-service attacks … and more of an effort to disrupt the system, the critical infrastructure even more so than trying to get at the data,” he says in an interview with Information Security Media Group.”There’s even been a change in how valuable the information itself is, and more emphasis from the adversaries – the nation-states, organized crime – on disrupting patient care or the industry in general to create that panic and fear.”

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