Cyberattacks on healthcare sector increased amid the pandemic

The healthcare sector’s reliance on the internet is the main reason it became the subject of cyberattacks


Cyberattacks on healthcare sector increased amid the pandemic. Source:

GlobalData found that the global healthcare sector has faced the range of cyberattacks as it deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the report, cyberattacks cover Hospital Information Systems (HIS) and laboratory information systems (LIS). What is more, they affect policy and procedure management systems (PPM), personal health records (PHR), and radiology information systems (RIS).

The data revealed that cyberattacks cover various patient-monitoring equipment as well.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created further challenges in the healthcare sector as IT business units prioritize IT budgets and focus on business continuity in running IT under the new norm. From an enterprise architecture perspective, having tighter integration across the IT environment is positive in terms of creating agility and having tighter data integration. However, it makes the network vulnerable to cyberattacks such as email phishing, ransomware, denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, and network data breaches
Rajesh Muru, Principal Analyst at GlobalData

Despite all the challenges, organizations have demonstrated a desire to take positive steps to increase security measures across enterprise IT and networks.

We’ve reported that almost 60% of organizations have faced an increased number of disruptive attacks during 2019. The survey showed that only 36% of technology-enabled business initiatives include the security team from the beginning, despite the rising risk of cyber-attacks.



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