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High Risk attacks following the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 27, 2020

Public Service and Healthcare organizations have been a prime target for cyber attacks in recent years. Within the emergence of COVID-19, these critical organizations have seen a rise of attention from cyber threat actors. Not only is the nature of the sensitive data appealing, but the critical functions they serve. A breach into these institutions could have devastating effects on those in need and of the life-sustaining services provided by these organizations.

As the risk of this scenario increases, the NTIC Cyber Center urges cybersecurity professionals and IT administrators working in the Healthcare and Public Health Sector to take steps now to secure their networks and devices against cyber attacks.

Cyber Threats Most Likely to Impact the Healthcare and Public Health Sector:

  • Ransomware

  • Social Engineering

  • Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS)

  • Telephony Denial-of-Service (TDoS)


For more information, recommendations, and prevention from the NTIC, follow thisĀ article