SSL - Based Attacks Increase 260 Percent; Healthcare Most Targeted

Health IT Security

Jessica Davis

The number of cyberattacks leveraging encrypted channels to bypass legacy security controls has rapidly increased by a staggering 260 percent since 2019, with the healthcare sector as the leading target for these SSL-based attacks, according to a recent ZScaler ThreatLabZ report.

SSL/TLS encryption is the industry-standard method for protecting data in transit and is meant to protect traffic from unauthorized access. However, hackers have hijacked the tool to hide cybercriminal activity, “turning the use of encryption into a potential threat without proper inspection.”

“Cybercriminals know what security experts know: that SSL/TLS encryption is the industry-standard way to protect data in transit...

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