Cybercrime – The protection of computer data is becoming an issue for any digitalized company, regardless of its area of expertise. The goal is to protect the financial and personal data of the company, its employees, collaborators and customers.
Cybercrime has been on the rise since the beginning of the health crisis. Attacks intensity and violence has picked up, resulting in significant financial losses, business interruptions and damage to the reputation of the targeted entity.
Originally very active in the health sector, cyber criminals have expanded their activities. With the digitalization of companies, criminals are targeting the financial sector, government agencies, cities, non-governmental organizations.
According to https://www.atlas-mag.net/en/article/cybercrime-a-new-threat-to-the-economy,
Cyber-attacks against healthcare institutions have been booming throughout 2020, becoming the privileged target of hackers due to the fact that they:
- are under the spotlight due to the pandemic,
- are managing sensitive patient data,
- are willing to pay large sums to recover stolen data,
- are vulnerable to attacks and do not have a budget dedicated to IT security.
Hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and public health platforms are increasingly subject to ransomware attacks. With the state of health emergency, cybercriminals, endowed with their sophisticated networks, are requesting high ransoms in exchange for the return of stolen data.
According to the PwC firm, the number of cyberattacks targeting healthcare facilities worldwide has increased by 500% since the arrival of Covid-19.
Pharmaceutical companies are not immune to hacker attacks, either. No less than nine major laboratories and research institutes, developing vaccines or anti-Covid-19 treatments, have been targeted by computer raids. Renowned laboratories such as Sanofi, AstraZeneca and Moderna are among the victims.
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