Cannabis Websites are Prime Targets for Cyberattacks. Here’s How to Protect Yourself

Article by Sam Riches, Growth Op

NEWS Cannabis websites are prime targets for cyberattacks. Here's how to protect yourself “While any retailer is always a target for cybercriminals, cannabis retailers present a bigger target due to the nature of their business," reads the latest Data Breach Industry Forecast By Sam Riches 1109 biz wire waterfront MICHAEL-ALLAN MARION/The Expositor Ann Cavoukian, executive director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute at Ryerson University, gives a keynote address Monday at the Big Data in Cities: Barriers and Benefits conference at the Hampton Inn. File - Ann Cavoukian, executive director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute at Ryerson University, presented at the Big Data in Cities: Barriers and Benefits conference in Brantford, Ont. on Feb. 26, 2020. Photo: Michael-Allan Marion/The Expositor

After its website was breached, LifeLabs — one of Canada’s largest private health companies — paid an undisclosed ransom fee in December to recover the data of 15 million Canadians.

“We’re talking about the most sensitive data possible — your health related data, your medical data,” says Ann Cavoukian, the executive director of Ryerson University’s Global Privacy & Security by Design Centre. “And did they have strong security? No. It’s just appalling,”

That’s one of the reasons why Experian, a consumer credit reporting company, has highlighted cannabis websites as a prime target for cyberattacks in 2020.

“Many burgeoning companies, like cannabis retailers, may not fully invest in protective, cybersecurity measures as core parts of their business models due to competing priorities,” reads the Data Breach Industry Forecast. “While any retailer is always a target for cybercriminals, cannabis retailers present a bigger target due to the nature of their business.”

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