An Emerging Cybersecurity Threat

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An Emerging Cybersecurity Threat

Iran has been a long-standing cyber risk to U.S.-based companies. After the U.S. successfully targeted a top Iranian general last Friday, we expected to see an increase in Iran’s cyber-attacks on U.S.-based companies. Our monitoring tools have already seen a noticeable increase in attempted scanning from Iran, and this trend will likely continue for the foreseeable future if Iran pursues a large-scale cyber-attack as retaliation. 

We have increased our defenses in response to this anticipated threat. While we have recently seen an increase in activity, Iran has been, and continues to be, an ongoing cyber threat due to their sponsorship of attacks involving phishing, critical infrastructure, and the compromise of sensitive individuals’ identities.

Historically, some state-sponsored attacks have focused on gaining access to information about individuals that work at places of interest (e.g. military, defense contractors or utilities).  Once obtained, these individuals can be used for future compromise including targeted phishing or extortion to gain information. As such, these attacks could include attempts to gain access to systems and private data for injured workers, which is why we work hard to safeguard our data and systems. We actively apply best practices, manage the risk of supply chain partners, and regularly assess our cybersecurity environment for emerging threats. As you are aware, we have also achieved HITRUST certification (one of few in our industry), which demonstrates adherence to HIPAA guidelines.

We know that no security is absolute; however, we have taken many safety precautions to combat the risk of a cybersecurity attack, as outlined in our white paper, Healthcare Under Attack.

Please feel free to reach out to our Risk & Compliance team at or if you have any questions or concerns. We want you to feel confident knowing our team of experts is well aware, equipped and ready to respond to any emerging threats.

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