Healthcare hottest target for cyber criminals


Healthcare has become the hottest target for cyber criminals as the costs of healthcare records soar.

This is according to Richard Greenberg, a fellow of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA-LA) and Los Angeles board member.

He is also co-chair of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA-LA) seventh annual information security summit.

The theme of the two day summit, which takes place on June 4-5, 2015, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, is ‘The Growing Cyber Threat: Protect Your Business’. The summit advances ISSA-LA’s core belief that ‘it takes the village to secure the village’.

The third annual healthcare privacy and security forum will be featured at the summit.

“The days of healthcare corporations and organizations questioning whether they are a target are long gone. Healthcare is becoming the hottest target for cyber criminals as costs of credit cards and IDs plummet and costs of healthcare records skyrocket,” said Greenberg.

"No other single type of record contains as much personal and identifiable information as a health record. Besides vital information on the identity of an individual, it often has links to financial and insurance information that can be used in a multitude of different follow-up attacks and various types of fraud.”

Megan Yelorda, federal investigator at the US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will head up an impressive lineup of speakers, including representatives from the FBI and the LA County District Attorney Healthcare Fraud Division and Cyber Investigation Response Team.

“Forum attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the risks associated with protecting patient data, and most importantly be armed with defense strategies that they can take back for consideration at their companies and organizations,” Greenberg added.

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