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lecture: Black market value of patient data


Involuntary data leaks and malicious attacks on data privacy and security are increasingly common threats to institutions in the healthcare sector. Many of them are only now starting to realize their vulnerabilities and taking measures to safeguard against such attacks.

When designing security strategies, motivations of potential attackers should be taken into consideration and analyzed as thoroughly as possible. Market value and other benefits for the unlawful owner are not as straightforward in the case of health data as, for example, in the case of credit card data. However, understanding the value of health data is key to understanding the motivations of attackers from the inside and outside of institutions.

The analysis of the value of health data necessarily depends on which country is in its focus. In the most thoroughly researched market, the US, there is obvious financial incentive for the unlawful appropriation of patient data since it enables uninsured or insufficiently insured persons access to otherwise unaffordable health care. In other markets, this may be different.

Based on data mainly provided by US security firms, this talk will attempt to translate these findings and discuss possible financial incentives for stealing patient data in other health markets.


Day: 2016-09-11
Start time: 13:15
Duration: 01:00
Room: Tesla



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