increase in healthcare cyberattacks 2020

by Kevin Lancaster

These Solutions Can Help Reduce the Impact of Increased Cyberattacks at Healthcare Organizations


Cybercriminals are continuing to set their sights on healthcare targets. A few months ago, the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) released a joint warning about increased cyberattacks at healthcare organizations worldwide, and that hasn’t abated.

The stress that the global pandemic has put on the entire healthcare industry has provided cybercriminals with an ideal opportunity to profit. With Dark Web markets booming, bad actors are highly motivated to steal hot commodities like research data, treatment notes, and patient records.

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Cybercriminals are upping their game with an increase in phishing attempts and a surge in ransomware attacks against healthcare targets. Update security awareness training and upgrade security solutions to keep bad actors from taking time and money away from the important work of saving lives. Here’s how to do it:


Increase phishing resistance training.


The most common way for cybercriminals to gain access to any organization is through phishing – which has boomed during the global pandemic. By improving phishing resistance training with a solution like BullPhish ID, staffers become more aware of phishing attempts, even if they don’t arrive via email.


Defend against password spraying


It’s easy and cheap (or free) for bad actors to grab a list of email addresses to target and a few lists of potential passwords and combine them into a password spraying attack. Cybercriminals know how badly most passwords are made, and that makes password spraying more attractive. Adding multifactor authentication to every login prevents password spraying attacks from landing. 


Keep your security up to date. 


Is your cybersecurity plan ready to handle constant, sophisticated attacks? Outdated cybersecurity practices just aren’t enough to protect against the ingenuity of today’s cybercriminals. Our digital risk protection platform mitigates the risk that comes from relying on old solutions to solve new problems.

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The importance of maintaining strong security has never been higher for any institution in the medical, pharmaceutical, or healthcare industry. The constant danger that organizations face from insider threats, phishing attempts, ransomware, and other Dark Web dangers is a complication that no one can afford as we continue to be impacted by COVID-19.

Contact ID Agent for an analysis of how our security awareness training and digital risk protection platform can strengthen your defensive posture and your compliance to save both your data and your bottom line.