Reasons for medical device hacking include the theft of health information, financial gain through ransomware, and gaining a foothold in a network, writes Christian Espinosa, founder and CEO of Alpine Security, in Forbes.

Very few industries loom as large in the collective cybersecurity consciousness as the medical device industry does—and with good reason. But the reasons why hackers choose this industry are not always as clear-cut as they seem.

Personal medical tech is an attack vector that is at the distinctly sexier end of a much larger problem: cyberattacks against medical devices and medical environments. Often the reasons behind a medical hack are more mundane, albeit no less sinister. The main driving force behind cybercriminal activity is the theft of medical or personal data for financial or political gain. I’ll be using this piece to explore some of the reasons why hackers may choose to attack a healthcare environment.

Read more in Forbes.