Public health cyber war games: How hackers are exploiting Covid to get ahead

August 5, 2020 Caleb Barlow

Providing access to multiple sources of sensitive data to enable key functions like contract tracing and monitoring hospitalizations also means increased vulnerabilities and the emergence of entirely new attack surfaces.

ublic health cyber war games: How hackers are exploiting Covid to get ahead

While healthcare providers work tirelessly to care for Covid-19 patients, pharmaceutical companies race to find a vaccine, and public health officials scramble to keep a lid on the coronavirus, the crisis has also presented a golden and rather nefarious opportunity for one group: hackers.

Access to data will ultimately determine the Covid-19 winners and losers in terms of leveraging data to help curb the spread, navigate re-opening the economy and drive delivery of care.

Caleb Barlow, CEO of CynergisTek explores how new attack surfaces and vulnerabilities for healthcare organizations have emerged amid the increased access to sensitive data for key functions like contract tracing and monitoring hospitalizations.

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About the Author

Caleb Barlow

Caleb Barlow is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CynergisTek, a top-ranked information security and privacy consulting firm focused on the healthcare IT industry Prior to joining CynergisTek, Caleb led the IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence organization. In 2016, he built X-Force Command which is part of a $200M investment in a global incident response services, updated watch floors, the industry’s first immersive cyber range, and an incident command system for responding to major cyber incidents. In 2018, Caleb invented the Cyber Tactical Operations Center which is a first-of-its-kind training, simulation, and security operations center on wheels. Caleb has a broad background having led technical teams in product development, product management, strategy, marketing, and cloud service delivery. He has also led the integration efforts of on multiple IBM acquisitions. Caleb is a sought after speaker on the subject of security. He has appeared on TED stage, TODAY, and regularly appears on national news broadcasts. Caleb’s views have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, New York Times, and dozens of other publications. He testified before U.S. Congress and the United Nations by invitation of the President of the U.N. General Assembly. External to IBM, Caleb has been in leadership roles at two successful startups, including Syncra Systems, which is now part of Oracle, and Ascendant Technology, which was acquired by Avent. Caleb also holds multiple patents in the field of Unified Communication.

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