After CommonSpirit ransomware attack: Why healthcare M&A is a ‘huge’ cybersecurity risk

Samantha Liss reports:

As CommonSpirit Health, formed by the merger of Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives in 2019, continues to deal with the fallout from a ransomware attack three weeks ago, security experts say such tie-ups and acquistions make healthcare systems more vulnerable to security breaches.

M&A in healthcare “creates a huge risk” and a “huge opportunity for ransomware,” said Israel Barak, chief information security officer at Cybereason, a firm that helps companies defend against attacks.

Healthcare deals create a higher risk event for a cybersecurity attack because systems typically have a weaker supply chain, Barak added.

Read more at HealthcareDive.

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