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Public institutions, critical infrastructure cyberattacks a growing trend

The following article was written by Dave Waddell and was first published in the Windsor Star on November 6, 2023.

The cyberattack against five southwestern Ontario hospitals in Windsor-Essex, Sarnia and Chatham-Kent this past week is just part of a growing number of such attacks on public institutions and critical infrastructure, says Trish Dyl, the director of corporate training and cyber range at Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst.

“What we’re seeing happen is the trend is up in attacks on public institutions,” said Dyl, one of 45 exhibitors at Invest WindsorEssex’s Emerging Technologies in Automation Conference and Tradeshow held at Caesar’s Windsor Thursday.

“I’m focusing on municipalities and critical infrastructure to train them to be prepared. Hospitals, water treatment plants … they’re the ones being hit a lot now.

“If this hospital attack isn’t a red banner for everyone to act, I don’t know what is.”