Article by Sam Riches, Growth Op
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.”