Cybersecurity events affecting healthcare organizations are in the news with increasing frequency, indicating their growing impact and expanse. We have seen incidents ranging from breaches affecting millions of patient records to attacks shutting down hospitals across the country, with at least one of them tragically contributing to the death of a patient. Most recently, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) issued a joint warning about the healthcare industry being a target of expanding ransomware activity. Meanwhile, ransom financial demands are rising and adversaries are resorting to increasingly brazen methods, including exfiltrating data and extorting patients.

COVID-19 has accelerated the trend toward connectivity in healthcare. We have added remote workers and remote patients using telehealth services and are placing devices in patients' homes,...

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