Cloud Data Security & Resilience , Events , Healthcare

What Makes Healthcare a Prime Target for Ransomware?

Rubrik's Steve Stone on Reducing Data-Related Vulnerabilities in Healthcare
Steve Stone, head of Zero Labs, Rubrik

Ransomware is one of the levers that changes how organizations should consider risk, said Steve Stone, head of Rubrik's Zero Labs. Healthcare organizations are more likely to lose 20% of sensitive data during a ransomware event, he said, citing a new report by Zero Labs.

Ransomware operators do not target healthcare uniquely, and the industry's architectural nuances are similar to other industries, such as financial, industrial and even the government. What really moves the needle, Stone said, is data. "Healthcare organizations typically have about 50% more sensitive data, growing at five times the global average for other industries."

"How do you prevent or limit ransomware in the cloud and SaaS? It has to start and end with identity," he said. "The biggest method is understanding which users are impacting which data. It's about understanding your risk surface area."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at Infosecurity Europe 2024, Stone discussed:

  • Takeaways from Rubrik Zero Labs' The State of Data Security report;
  • The importance of data visibility and understanding what needs protection;
  • The challenges of incident response across hybrid environments.

Stone leads Rubrik's new data threat research unit to uncover real-world intrusions from a range of threats. He has more than 15 years of experience in threat intelligence and has held roles in the U.S. military, intelligence community and private sector, including at Mandiant and IBM.


About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, ISMG Productions

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.




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