Healthcare , Incident & Breach Response , Industry Specific

Why Hospitals Should Beware of Malicious AI Use

John Riggi of the American Hospital Association on Emerging Considerations
Why Hospitals Should Beware of Malicious AI Use
John Riggi, national adviser for cybersecurity and risk, American Hospital Association

AI is being used "by everyone" these days, including by malicious nation-state actors, and that is raising the level of threats and risks facing hospitals and other healthcare entities, said John Riggi, national adviser for cybersecurity and risk at the American Hospital Association.

Malicious actors are using AI to send "very convincing phishing emails, which might be accompanied by deepfake videos or audio messages, and to identify vulnerabilities in organizations and quickly develop malware and exploits to attack those vulnerabilities," he said.

"But at the same time, we have cybersecurity providers to help defend against these attacks … and to ultimately more quickly identify penetration of malware so it can be contained to minimize the impact of these attacks."

In the interview (see audio link below photo), Riggi also discusses:

  • The importance of integrating emergency management planning with cyber incident response to better deal with ransomware and other disruptive cyberattacks;
  • Tips for navigating through cybersecurity resource and budget restraints;
  • Why cyberthreat briefings are critical for hospital leadership, including nontechnical individuals.

Riggi leads cybersecurity and risk for the American Hospital Association, which has more than 5,000 U.S. member hospitals. He previously served in the FBI for 30 years in a variety of leadership roles, including representative to the White House Cyber Response Group. Riggi also served as a senior representative to the CIA, working as the national operations manager for terrorist financing investigations.

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