The FBI is investigating the latest in a string of major cyber-attacks in the healthcare sector. UCLA Health confirms that information on 4.5 million individuals may have been exposed when hackers breached its network in an attack that appears to have begun last September.
UCLA Health says in a July 17 statement that it appears that "criminal hackers" accessed parts of the organization's computer network that contain personal and medical information.
Cyber attacks have plagued many healthcare organizations for many years because they are considered easy targets. Most entities make the mistake of confusing availability with confidentiality and integrity. If resources are “available”, this does not mean that the resources are secured properly. As most companies struggle with this logic, we will see an increase of data breaches until firms realize the need for a dedicated security initiative.
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