Ransomware targets healthcare industry the most: 4 things to know

For the second consecutive year, healthcare was the sector hardest hit by cyberattacks, according to Cylance's 2017 Threat Report released May 1.

For its report, Cylance — a cybersecurity firm that uses artificial intelligence to protect against threats — reviewed attacks that affected its global customer base, which spans multiple industry sectors, in 2017.

Here are four report insights.

1. Healthcare accounted for 58 percent of threats, up from 34 percent in 2016.

2. In 2017, the food industry (58 percent) was hardest hit by Wannacry, and the manufacturing industry (30 percent) was hardest hit by Petya — two variants of malware that were prevalent in the health industry last year.

3. Crypto-mining malware grew 504 percent in 2017, and 345 percent so far in 2018.

4. The number of wallet-swiping trojans was also up — Cylance detected 314 in 2016 but 2,022 in 2017. So far in 2018, Cylance has identified 617 of these threats.

Click here to view the full report.

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