Healthcare DDoS attacks double in 3 months: 4 things to know

DDoS attacks in healthcare are increasing with healthcare organizations suffering between 40 to 60 attacks daily in February, according to a March 17 blog post from Microsoft. 

Microsoft analyzed the DDoS attack landscape against healthcare applications hosted in Azure over a course of three months and found the following:

  • In November healthcare organizations suffered 10 to 20 attacks daily, but that number has since increased to 40 to 60 attacks daily.

  • Thirty-one percent of pharma and life sciences organizations were attacked by DDoS attacks. 

  • Twenty-six percent of hospitals were hit with DDoS attacks and 16 percent of healthcare insurance companies were targeted.

  • The attacks are primarily targeting web applications.

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