Healthcare sector sees 250% spike in cyberattacks

Yahoo Finance

Shruti Shekar

Canada experienced a 250 per cent increase in healthcare cyberattacks towards the end of 2020, according to a report. Cybersecurity experts are urging the Canadian healthcare industry to rethink its security measures as more Canadians use telehealth services.

Check Point Software’s annual security report said the healthcare sector saw a 37 per cent increase in attacks globally in the past 12 months; Canada had the “most dramatic increase.”

Since the start of November, there has been a 45 per cent increase globally, the report said. In an email, Check Point said Canada had on average 200 attacks per week and peaked with over 800 per week in November.

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