Which industries are most vulnerable to cyberattacks?

Recent data published by Check Point Software, an IT security company, indicates that global cyberattacks have increased by 38% in 2022 compared to the previous year, with North America increasing by 52%.

However, Canada appears to have only seen a 20% increase in cyberattacks, according to a company press release.

According to the report, these cyberattack numbers are driven by smaller and agile groups of hackers and ransomware who focus on exploiting collaboration tools used in work-from-home environments.

It found that, globally, education/research, government/military and healthcare are the three most targeted industries by 2022.

Education/research experienced an average of 2,314 attacks per institution per week, up 43% year over year. Government/military organizations were attacked an average of 1,661 times per week, an increase of 46%. Healthcare organizations suffered an average of 1,463 attacks weekly, a 74% increase.

The report also warns that hacking activity could increase with the advent of artificial intelligence (AI) tools such as ChatGPT, which could make it possible for hackers to create malicious code and emails at high speed. Faster, more automated. ChatGPT is an AI application designed to mimic human-like voices.


To reduce the risk of cyberattacks, the report recommends:

– Do not click on malicious links

– Never open unwanted or untrusted attachments

– Avoid disclosing personal or sensitive data to scammers

– Verify the legality of the software before downloading

– Never plug an unknown USB device into your computer

– Use VPN when connecting via untrusted or public Wi-Fi

– Keep computers and servers up to date with the latest security patches, especially those labeled as important

– Always keep your software up to date, as some older versions may have vulnerabilities

Reporting for this story was paid for through the Meta-funded Afghan Journalists Project in Residence.


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