High-profile security incidents involving companies like Facebook may have dominated news cycles in 2018 for weeks at a time, but lurking below the public consciousness a new security target was coming into focus for cyber criminals: the rich repository of personal data safeguarded by governments and healthcare institutions.
Hospitals are becoming a magnet for cyber attacks, with healthcare information worth ten times as much as any information the average Canadian would be providing to a bank. This is because most Canadians have a strong desire to keep their health information private.
Last May, the head of the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre, Colleen Merchant, told a Senate committee that her department was very concerned about the rise of ransomware, and cited the healthcare industry as a particularly tempting target for hackers.
Data breaches can happen for any number of reasons. While one organization might be flat-out hacked, targeted by an individual or group and breached, other organizations might end up in trouble because their data was mishandled by untrained, unauthorized and/or negligent employees. Other companies might simply have holes in their security system that leave critical information — or pathways to such information — unprotected.
The fact that hackers are becoming more creative, more ingenious, in their methods and practices is cause for alarm. The good news, however, is that the vast majority of security breaches are preventable. While it may seem that the task of protecting information against an increasingly proficient and laser-focused breed of hacker is becoming prohibitively expensive and time-consuming, it’s still possible for organizations to enjoy velocity, agility, and security.
On March 27th, join ITWC CIO and Chief Digital Officer Jim Love and Box Canada Government Managing Director Sonny Hashmi for Velocity, Agility & Security: Achieving Success in the Digital Era. In this one-hour webinar, Love and Hashmi will explore the current state of cyber-security, and will offer strategies that will allow all organizations to thrive in a world where a hacker attacks every 39 seconds.
Register now to attend Velocity, Agility & Security: Achieving Success in the Digital Era.