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A Recent Study Shows Critical Medical Device Risks Threaten Hospital Security and Patient Safety

A Recent Study Shows Critical Medical Device Risks Threaten Hospital Security and Patient Safety
January 31, 2022 by James Banister, Partner
A recent study conducted by Cynerio, a healthcare IoT security platform, found that over half of medical devices found in hospital settings contain critical vulnerabilities. The report specifically identified risks with IV Pumps, devices and healthcare systems running outdated versions of Windows, and network segmentation.

The healthcare industry is currently the number one target for cybercriminals given the value of personal healthcare data. Despite an increased focus on cybersecurity and data security in the healthcare industry, Cynerio's report indicated that 53 percent of connected medical devices and other IoT devices located in hospitals have critical vulnerabilities. 

Daniel Brodie, CTO and co-founder of Cynerio stated “[v]isibility and risk identification are no longer enough. Hospitals and health systems don’t need more data – they need advanced solutions that mitigate risks and empower them to fight back against cyber attacks, and as medical device security providers it's time for all of us to step up. With the first ransomware-related fatalities reported last year, it could mean life or death.”  

This publication is intended for general information purposes only and does not and is not intended to constitute legal advice. The reader should consult with legal counsel to determine how laws or decisions discussed herein apply to the reader's specific circumstances.


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