Healthcare Industry Web Application Attacks Increased by 51% in December

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

There has been a significant increase in healthcare industry web application attacks according to new data published by cybersecurity firm Imperva. Imperva Research Labs monitored a 51% increase in web application attacks between November 2020 and December 2020, which coincided with the start of the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.

Imperva SVP Terry Ray said 2020 had been an unprecedented year of cyber activity, with healthcare web application attack volume up 10% year-over-year. On average there were 187 million web application attacks on healthcare targets each month in 2020, with each organization monitored by Imperva experiencing an average of 498 attack a month. The top targets were located in the United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, and Canada.

In December, Imperva Research Labs detected significant increases in four types of attacks. The largest increase was seen in...

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