Unlike previous years where students were prohibited from using their personal devices and only approved users were granted network access, today’s digital classrooms require connectivity for almost any device. The opening of networks to accommodate the ever-growing number of devices raises inevitable security risks which could lead to data breaches and data leaks of sensitive student and staff personal information. At Fortified Networks, we understand and appreciate the unique challenges facing the educators in delivering engaging, relevant and meaningful learning opportunities to students, while ensuring high levels of network

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The increasing Cybersecurity Issues in the Healthcare Industry

The healthcare industry faces a myriad of cybersecurity issues; including:

Phishing Schemes

In Phishing attacks, a cyber-criminal purporting to be a genuine sender targets users through messaging mediums such as Emails, SMS and social media. The cyber-criminal attempts to dupe users to open malicious attachments or hyperlinks to enable the hacker steal data and passwords.

Insider Threats

Insider threats often occur as a result of sabotage by disgruntled employees leaking or selling data and sabotaging corporate systems. They can also occur due to employee negligence resulting in data being leaked or networks and systems being vulnerable to cyberattacks.


Ransomware is malware that gets installed on a computer, holding it hostage and asking for the user to pay a ransom to regain control of their machine. When ransomware infects a machine, the user cannot access any of their applications or data, and they lose control over the computer completely.

Cloud-based Environments

Healthcare organizations are migrating toward cloud-based services, such as data storage solutions and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) systems. It is crucial for health providers to work with trusted cloud providers and ensure all cloud services are secure and only accessible by authorized users.

Many cyber-crimes in healthcare can be prevented by providing appropriate training on how to prevent data theft, prevent vulnerabilities and spot signs of a cyber-attack.