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Sharp Rise In Cyber Attack On Healthcare Sector, India Second Most Targeted Country: CloudSEK



Sharp Rise In Cyber Attack On Healthcare Sector, India Second Most Targeted Country: CloudSEK

NEW DELHI: The Covid19 pandemic changed the world and also the healthcare sector has seen drastic transformations in terms of data storage and business operations.

However, this exponential expansion is also a factor in the enormous increase in cyberattacks against the sector. Protecting patients’ medical and financial information has arisen as a new concern for healthcare organisations.

The number of cyber assaults on the Indian healthcare business was the second largest globally, accounting for 7.7% of overall incidence in the sector in 2021, according to cyber security intelligence firm CloudSEK.

The recent report by CloudSEK titled “Increased cyber assaults on the global healthcare sector,” the United States’ healthcare business saw 28% of all global attacks.


There is a myriad of patient records in the medical profession that contain personal and sensitive information such as name, address, contact information, social security number, and financial information. This secret information may simply be sold for a large quantity of money.

Analyzing the global data, CloudSEK researchers found that India reported the second greatest number of assaults, accounting for 7.7% of total attacks against the healthcare business in 2021.

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According to the data, 7.7% of cyber attacks on the Indian healthcare business result in over 71 lakh records.

The most prevalent cyber danger in healthcare is phishing, in which harmful links are placed in otherwise legitimate emails. Several phishing efforts were discovered during the worldwide epidemic, in which attackers pretended to be the WHO (World Health Organization) and distributed harmful links to victims posing as the most recent safety advice.

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Other current problems in the healthcare sector include ransomware attacks, DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) assaults, insider threats, critical infrastructure & medjacking, and so on.

“Given the scale and significance of the healthcare industry, it is vital for institutions, employees, and healthcare professionals to ensure that the data they gather and store is not leaked or exploited by cybercriminals,” said Rahul Sasi, Founder and CEO, CloudSEK.

CloudSEK is one of the organisations that offer cyber threat intelligence to CERT-In, India’s cyber security agency.

According to the research, technical advancements in the healthcare industry, such as remote health monitoring, electronic health records, and the Internet of Things (IoT), have given cyber criminals additional opportunities to target the industry.

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According to CloudSEK statistics, there have already been 1.87 lakh recordings in the first four months of 2022.

At the worldwide level, the attack dynamics appear to have changed in 2022. According to the data, Australia has been the hardest afflicted country, with about 70 crore records, followed by Thailand, which has faced over 10 crore records in the first four months of 2022.

Vaccination records, according to the research, are among the most targeted data categories, followed by personal information of health personnel and patients, which includes the patient’s name, address, email, contact number, and gender.

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