The FBI issued a Private Industry Notification (PIN) alert last month to healthcare providers concerning the security of their FTP servers. While the alert did not indicate a specific threat, industry experts note that the FBI is not in the habit of issuing alerts unless they have good reason.

Cybercriminals Love Healthcare Providers
Protected Health Information (PHI) is now worth more on the black market than credit card data. This makes healthcare providers more lucrative targets than banks or retail institutions. Credit card data has a shelf life that lasts until the bank discovers a breach and freezes the affected credit cards.

Health data, on the other hand, includes a larger wealth of information (insurer, employing company, social security, birth date, etc), making it harder to quickly contain the abuse of using the data improperly. Health data can also be used to commit insurance fraud, buy drugs or medical equipment or steal an identity.

Read more about this FBI Alert on the Ipswitch.Blog


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