It's common knowledge that healthcare organizations are prime – and relatively easy – targets for ransomware attacks. So it is no surprise that those attacks have become rampant in the past several years. The term "low-hanging fruit" is frequently invoked. But according to at least one report, and some experts, it doesn't have to be that way. ICIT – the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology – contends in a recent whitepaper that the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) can "crush the health sector's ransomware pandemic."
A new report has proposed AI and Machine learning as a potential cure to the "Ransomware pandemic" making its way through the healthcare sector. The Institute of Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) recently released a report called "How to Crush the Health Sector's Ransomware Pandemic". James Scott, senior fellow at ICIT and the author of the paper offers a plain solution to the worrying rash of cyber-attack on hospitals and healthcare providers that have held patient safety to ransom. He notes the proliferation of not only dynamic and adaptive malware, but the sheer number of adversaries that can find their way around defences no matter how resilient or well-resourced. But against this gloomy landscape, says Scott in a defiantly optimistic tone, what if healthcare organisations could use machine learning to overcome these threats?
It's been another eventful year for cyber attacks. More than 4 billion records have been breached so far – and we're not even to the end of the year yet! But 2019 will soon be behind us. It's now time to look toward 2020 and speculate on what will transpire next in the ongoing cybersecurity battle. What new and evolving technologies will be at the forefront of cybersecurity?
That's one reason why healthcare firms are one of cyber criminals' favorite target. In 2017, a typical healthcare organization suffered an average of 32,000 intrusion attacks per day, compared to 14,300 per day at organizations in other industries. Personal health information is 50 times more valuable on the black market than financial information, according to Cybersecurity Ventures, and stolen patient health records fetch upwards of $50 per record (10 to 20 times more than credit card information). One big cause: Healthcare security teams unintentionally leave gaps in online security by not implementing security tools which, while important, might slow or block the flow of medical data that clinicians need at a moment's notice. That's a scary scenario for patients and clinicians, who are caught between the need to maintain access to critical-care machines and data, while also pushing back against hackers intent on making a quick buck.
From disrupting elections to targeted ransomware to privacy regulations to deepfakes and malevolent AI, 141 cybersecurity predictions for 2020 did not exhaust the subject so here are additional 42 from senior cybersecurity executives. "2019 saw the cybersecurity industry start to explore AI-based solutions. We could see AI-based malware become prominent in day-to-day attacks"--Guy Caspi, CEO, Deep Instinct "In 2020, we'll see an increasing number of cybercriminals use AI to scale their attacks. AI will open the door to mutating malware based on attackers using genetic algorithms that are capable of learning, increasing their chances of success. What's particularly concerning is that these mutations often bypass traditional anti-virus solutions by altering their signature or structure along the way, meaning the malicious payload is free to wreak havoc on systems"--Maty Siman, Founder and CTO, Checkmarx As the use of AI/ML evolves, we will see these tools for what they are, new methods to complement industry cyber-defense, and not the magical silver bullets they are currently perceived as"--Stephen Jou, CTO, Interset, a Micro Focus Company It's no longer about siloed threat prevention and endpoint management, but rather dynamic (frictionless) solutions that combine these offerings to remove human error from the equation, while simultaneously learning, adapting and empowering end users to be productive, safe and collaborative"--Charles Eagan, CTO, BlackBerry "At least three US States will declare states of emergency due to waves of ransomware in 2020. If that isn't worrisome enough, we predicts there's a 20 percent chance this could escalate to a national level"--Jon Oltsik, Senior Principal Analyst and Fellow, Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) "Ransomware will continue to both dominate headlines and cause havoc in 2020. The complexity of the attacks and the packaging of Ransomware-as-a-Service will continue to increase, while organizations grapple with both prevention and implementing practices to respond appropriately. Responses by organizations will be split between those who recover from backups, and those with more limited options who opt to pay the ransom"--Danny Allan, Vice President of Product Strategy, Veeam These new defense techniques will be crucial, as it's likely that cybercriminals will begin executing'wetware' attacks by combining automated content generation and manual human effort to personalize attacks against targets, and evade the current generation of defenses"--Joe Levy, CTO, Sophos "While privacy rights related to personal data have been top of mind recently, there is one area where consumers are becoming more lenient with sharing their data--their safety.