Are You Worried About Medical Device Security?

If not, you should be.

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Many medical devices, including pacemakers and insulin pumps are vulnerable to security attacks.

Further, the devices are not tested regularly. Only 5% of hospitals test medical devices annually for security purposes.

Medical devices are full of coding bugs, and are often made under tight time constraints without secure codes.

Less than half of manufacturers follow the advice about securing devices set forth by the Food and Drug Administration.

This security problem isn’t going away.

Only 17% of device manufacturers said they are working to protect medical devices.

When it comes to medical devices, there is a lack of accountability for the safety and security of the devices. A third of device makers and healthcare organizations say that no person or function is primarily responsible for the security of medical devices.

As hacking, breaches and ransomware continue to wreak havoc on healthcare entities, medical devices seem like an ample target.

Overall in the industry, there are clear concerns regarding the security of devices and the risks posed by unsecured systems.

Only 30% of hospitals and manufacturers encrypt data associated with medical devices.

Let us know what you think! Who should be responsible for the security of medical devices? And should patients be warned about potential security threats when receiving a medical device?

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