About Adam Flatley
Adam Flatley has over 20 years of cybersecurity and intelligence operations experience. He is the Vice President of Intelligence for [redacted], where he’s worked since mid-2020. In this role he drives the collection, analysis, and production of actionable intelligence for clients, partners, and the general public. Before joining Redacted, he served for two years as the Manager of Global Intelligence Operations for Cisco Talos’ Threat Intelligence & Interdiction team.
Prior to his time at Cisco, he served for fourteen years at the National Security Agency (NSA) in various operational capacities, most recently serving as the Director of Operations of a cybersecurity operations organization which was responsible for incident response, red teaming, vulnerability assessments, and threat hunting on critical networks. Earlier in his career at NSA, he distinguished himself by founding several new organizations within the Agency in order to meet cutting edge challenges posed by emerging threats or changes in technology to support counterterrorism, counterproliferation, and cybersecurity missions.
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When describing the month of March there is an old saying: In like a lion, out like a lamb. I wonder if the same can be said for the state of ransomware in healthcare for 2023. I recently attended the American Hospital Association (AHA) Rural Leadership meeting in San Antonio and continually heard that a top concern is ransomware. How are hospitals being targeted? Who is targeting them? How should they plan and prepare for a breach and how do they ensure resiliency during the downtime?
Don’t Pay the Ransom? When you take a step back and look at the ransomware problem, the obvious solution is for victims to refuse to pay the ransoms. It will demonetize the crime; the criminal enterprises that run these operations will no longer find the ransomware business to be profitable and they will move on to other things. However, this is much easier said than done. The actual decision of whether or not to pay the ransom, while a criminal gang is holding your network (and your data) hostage, is not an easy or simple decision to make.