India’s healthcare industry faced the highest number of cyber attacks after the United States in 2021, ironically due to technological advancement.
“India recorded the second highest number of attacks, with a total of 7.7 per cent of the total attacks on the healthcare industry in 2021,” according to cyber security intelligence firm CloudSEK’s report seen by PTI. US healthcare industry faced 28 per cent of the total global attacks, the report titled Increased cyber attacks on the global healthcare sector said.
The technological advancement in the healthcare industry such as remote health monitoring, electronic health records and the Internet of Things (IoT) provided cyber criminals with more opportunities to attack the sector, the report said, adding that the 7.7 per cent of cyber attack incidence on the Indian healthcare industry translates into over 71 lakh records.
So far this year, there have already been 1.87 lakh records in the first four months of 2022 in India, the firm said.
(With PTI inputs)