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When you think about cybersecurity, what comes to mind? Perhaps things like anti-virus software or people-focused processes to minimize threats. You’re probably also thinking of IT systems, computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, right? For healthcare, it requires more than that: It encompasses medical devices, too.
Medical device security is a global healthcare concern. Healthcare recently has experienced cyberattacks, including malware, ransomware, social engineering and direct attacks. High-profile cases, such as the “WannaCry” attacks that impacted U.K. and U.S. hospitals, have put the importance of security – especially medical device security – front and center.
Let’s look at the state of cybersecurity in healthcare today. To put it mildly, it isn’t good:
Cyberattacks can shut things down in any industry. But with healthcare – which already lags behind when it comes to cybersecurity – a shutdown can be a matter of life or death.
Here’s how devices can be attacked:
It goes without saying that access to internal networks can be devastating. Equipment malfunctions put patients at risk and theft of hospital and patient data could have repercussions for years.
Now let’s talk about solutions. To combat cyber dangers, there is one adage every healthcare organization should keep in mind: Secure systems start with secure devices.
Where to start? Here are some quick tips:
According to management consultant and author Peter Drucker, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Cyberthreats are not going away. Your organization needs to take steps now to protect your IT systems, your data, your medical devices – and above all, your patients.
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