Low-Hanging Fruit

By Greg Porter

Greg Porter is the Founder of Allegheny Digital, an information security consultancy specializing in enterprise risk management, incident response, and managed threat monitoring. For the past several years, he has led and delivered comprehensive assessment activities that monitor, test, and audit the effectiveness of information system security controls.  He also is the course author of 'Health Care Security Essentials', a course he teaches through the SANS Institute.

Healthcare providers represent an attractive target for hackers due to the wealth of information they store about their patients. The Cipher Brief Spoke to Greg Porter, founder of information security consulting firm Allegheny Digital, about the nature of the cyber-threat for the healthcare industry. He says that healthcare providers should be more proactive in their cyber-defenses, and that they should prepare for insider threats as well as external ones.

The Cipher Brief: It seems like there is a trend towards a greater number of hackers targeting healthcare providers. Is this the case and, if so, what is responsible for this trend?

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