Top 2022 Cybersecurity Predictions for the Healthcare Industry

The healthcare industry has been one of the most targeted industries over the past few years and hackers have jump-started their attacks since COVID. Attacks on healthcare industries have increased for the last 5 years, with a 42% jump from 2019 to 2020.

These attacks aren’t likely to stop, especially if healthcare companies don’t take any actions or react to a hostile environment. With 2022 just beginning, it’s a good opportunity for healthcare companies to assess what cybersecurity looks like in the near future in order to be better prepared. 

We spoke to Alex “Jay” Balan, Security Research Director at Bitdefender to get an expert’s perspective on what cybersecurity will look like in 2022 for the healthcare industry.

Prediction 1: Ransomware will continue to wreak havoc on healthcare

Ransomware attacks are the driving force between the increase in compromises within the healthcare industry. In 2020, 1 in 3 healthcare organizations reported being hit with ransomware and there was a 45% increase in attacks in the short period from November 2020 to January 2021.

Ransomware is likely to get worse for three reasons:

Automated attacks will continue to impact unprepared healthcare organizations, which, as we mentioned, are a large percentage of

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