Malware is Ranked by Infosec Pros as Their Main Concern


When it comes to cyber-security, there are two issues that most experts say concern them as being the most problematic.  The first, ransomware attacks, started several years ago and continues to wreak havoc within the healthcare industry and others.  But although there are many forms of attacks that hackers use to infiltrate healthcare organizations and systems, Infosec Pros has ranked malware as being their main concern.


Why Malware is Such a Major Concern

While ransomware attacks have gained much notoriety over the destruction it can and has caused to the healthcare industry, Infosec Pros has stated recently that malware is also a growing concern for cyber-security.  Healthcare IT News posted an article that focuses on this topic, in which a new survey has stimulated this conversation.

According to this new survey, conducted by Attivo Networks, 91 percent of experts in cyber-security have voiced their concern regarding ransomware and malware.  Adding to their concern is that cyber-attackers have demonstrated their ability to become more sophisticated as they continue to bypass the perimeter security.

One thing to note is that Attivo is know for selling technology that involves security, so the results may be a tad tainted.  Nevertheless, it should not be dismissed as their findings are justified by other recent security research; for example, The Center for Connected Medicine discovered that its 2019 Top of Mind survey revealed that cyber-security will be a high priority.


What is also worth mentioning is that Attivo surveyed over 450 cyber-security executives and professionals from across the globe; the most represented industry was healthcare.  The concern, according to Attivo, over ransomware and malware is likely explained by the fact that the healthcare industry in recent years has been targeted often by attacks of these types. Healthcare also has diverse environments; there is the requirement of guarding personal health data and both medical and pharmaceutical devices.

Other data that the research provided included how 71 percent of cyber-security experts that participated in the survey voiced their concerns over their user networks.  Also, close to half of those respondents commented on how their detection of an assault saw that the average time was plateauing or going up.

The Growing Trend of Focusing on Detection Instead of Prevention

Since these types of attacks are becoming more frequent, it appears that the cyber battle has changed as it is shifting inside the network.  Out of those who responded, 23 percent reported a switch in philosophy as spending is no longer focused on prevention security controls but on detection. 

Today’s cyber-security is forced to deal with spear-phishing campaigns, social engineering, and hackers that can hold hostage one’s data. Weaponized malware has also become more of a common occurrence.  Meanwhile, hospitals are forced to try to find ways to safeguard against a future large threat towards health data when it is virtually impossible to know when it will happen and the form it will take.


Just days earlier, Healthcare IT News had reported how organizations in the U.S. and Canada had fallen victim to ransomware cyber-attacks and that it happened more than once.  The first action for organizations that want to strengthen their security, according to cyber-security expert and CEO of HST-pathways Tom Hui, should be to gather the facts in order establish what they are doing right and what they are failing to do. Then, establish a list of priorities and issues. According to Attivo, “overall, the survey highlighted that the battle to keep cyber attackers from successfully compromising networks is not working.”

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