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November 4, 2020 36 min

A broad federal warning outlines how hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country are in the crosshairs of a wave of ransomware attacks. To discuss this unprecedented coordinated threat, we welcome SonicWall's Barbara Vibbert, who provides context on the variety of vulnerabilities healthcare organizations face, why a successful attack can be so devastating, and what can be done to improve hospital and healthcare cybersecurity.

See Barbara's recent blog post on the subject: https://blog.sonicwall.com/en-us/2020/10/securing-internet-connected-devices-in-healthcare/.

In cyber headlines, we discuss a major hotel chain facing a fine for a breach, the astronomical numbers of email attacks a well-known organization deals with day to day, and the top cybersecurity career opportunities in the U.S. for the coming years.

See the cyber news stories:

Marriott fined 18.4 million pounds by UK watchdog over customer data breach
https://www.zdnet.com/article/marriott-fined-gbp18-4-million-by-uk-watchdog-over-customer-data-breach/

The BBC experiences 250,000 malicious email attacks per day
https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/bbc-experiences-malicious-email/

What are the fastest growing cybersecurity skills in 2021
https://www.forbes.com/sites/louiscolumbus/2020/11/01/what-are-the-fastest-growing-cybersecurity-skills-in-2021/?sh=119663175d73

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