Sutter Health Online announced today that it will shut down all of its online services to combat a growing trend of online threats and threats of cyberattack.
In a statement to The Next Weblog, Sutter’s CEO Chris P. Bickford wrote: “Over the past few years, our systems have been breached at a much higher rate than we would like.
We have seen attacks on our systems and on the people we serve.
We do not take this lightly.
We are committed to protecting our customers and we have invested in cyber security and anti-virus solutions to protect against these threats.
We will not be providing our services online for at least the next two months.
Our goal is to take all of our services offline, and we will continue to do so as soon as we are able to.”
Sutter Health is the latest health insurer to take action to protect its users.
Earlier this year, for example, Anthem said it would close its website for a week, while Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia announced that it would shut down its website and other online services for a period of six months.
Sutter’s announcement comes a week after another major health insurer, Humana, announced that all of their online services would be suspended indefinitely.
According to the Associated Press, the announcement came after Anthem said that they had been hit with a large number of attacks from “cyber criminals,” and that they were able to mitigate the problem.
Sutter will also shut down many of its health-related services, including its website, and its apps.
The closure of Sutter is the second time this year that the company has announced that they are shutting down their online platforms.
In November, Anthem announced that its online service would be shut down for a month.
In November, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that Sutter would be shutting down its websites and apps as part of its effort to reduce the spread of ransomware, also known as botnets.
In the statement, the agency said that Sute was an “attractive target” for ransomware, because of its “unique vulnerability to malware.”