The Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center detailed the significance of “zero-day” cybersecurity attacks on healthcare providers, which are most often financially motivated and are incredibly valuable on the black market.

The Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) issued a threat brief outlining risks and mitigation tactics associated with financially motivated zero-day attacks on the healthcare sector. By nature, it is impossible to eliminate zero-day attack risks, but patching systems regularly is the strongest form of defense.

The term “zero-day” indicates that there is no time between when the vulnerability is discovered by developers and when it is exploited by bad actors.

It can refer to a few different mechanisms, HC3 noted. A zero-day attack occurs when threat actors exploit a vulnerability before a patch can be developed and applied. Meanwhile, a zero-day exploit is a method that weaponizes a discovered vulnerability, and a zero-day vulnerability is an unknown flaw in a software program.

Read the full article at Health IT Security.