In boxing your trainer will tell you to keep your eyes open and your head and feet moving.

After all, it’s way harder to land a solid punch on a moving target. According to the Healthcare Cyber Research Report for 2017 by CryptoniteNXT the same is true for healthcare organizations. In just the ransomware category alone, they experienced an 89% increase of attacks last year.

“Health care networks will remain under persistent attack by cyberattackers that target their valuable data through the use of well understood vulnerabilities,” the CryptoniteNXT report reads. “It becomes imperative to deploy a comprehensive strategy both to detect and deter the sophisticated attacker moving through the network, as well as the multitudes of ransomware tools that they will deploy into 2018 and 2019.”

“New best practices and the technologies that support them,” the report continues, “such as moving target cyber defense (MTD) and network micro-segmentation, can detect and defeat many of the attacks leveraged by vulnerabilities found in most health care networks. MTD and network level micro-segmentation technology sets can directly address the inherent weakness in TCP/IP networks. By building out a Zero Trust environment health care institutions can directly address the top vulnerability use cases that exist in their networks today. The decision to deploy moving target cyber defense and network micro-segmentation technologies shut down reconnaissance and lateral movement, ransomware’s primary attack vectors for taking over a health care network. MTD does not allow attackers to use their standard strategies and tools.”