Just last week I received an email from one of my suppliers. The gist of the email was as follows:
“On September 1st, 2017, we were informed by our 3rd Party Ecommerce Provider that their software platform which hosts our website experienced a data breach. The investigation indicates the intrusion began in early July 2017 and was remediated prior to August 24th, 2017. During this time, the attackers gained access to certain customer information.”
The sad part is that certain customer information turned out to be our credit card information with all corresponding information needed to complete transactions. Worse than that is the fact that no one is safe as demonstrated by the hacking of Experian, a global identity protection company.
Based on the email I received I decided to look further into hacking and how it may affect Healthcare Businesses and Professionals and while doing that I found a term I never thought about, “aftershock”. In this particular instance aftershock refers to the act were attackers resell the information obtained years after the initial breach. As Experian wrote in their 2017 Data Breach Industry Forecast:
“As a result, companies that didn’t experience a first-hand data breach may see repeat unauthorized log-ins and be forced to notify their users that their information is being misused. This can be compared to an earthquake “aftershock” where the effects of an attack reverberate and are felt long after the initial disaster. “
In this same report Experian points out that Healthcare will continue to be a key target for hackers as identity theft and ransomware is becoming easier and more lucrative. At first this comment hurt my pride but then I considered the following:
In short, too many variables that are difficult to control in an ever-changing environment. So while I’m not too good at hitting moving targets I also refuse to give up so for now here are a few recommendations I took from Lions Bank:
“Learn more about Cybercrime at EPI Conferences: “Healthcare Compliance and Innovation Conference”.