Only a few years ago, cyber attacks on healthcare organizations were sporadic and generally on the small side. Now, attacks are all too frequent, huge and often sponsored by nation-states, particularly China, North Korea and Russia.

They are looking for financial, economic or political (espionage) advantage, says Kurt Long, CEO at FairWarning, a vendor of breach detection software. “The motivations are something even I never previously considered,” he adds. “Medical ID theft I imaged, but not state-sponsored cyber attacks.”

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