The Dangers of Unpatched Medical Devices

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a notice regarding their concerns of unpatched and legacy medical devices.

We can help you stay on top of the latest news that affects your everyday life. Subscribe to stay up to date.  (To subscribe to our blog ).

The FBI found that recently, there has been an increase in medical device vulnerability.

These vulnerabilities can result in cyberattacks.

Outdated software is an easy target for bad actors.

The FBI recommended encrypting data and prioritizing identity and access management. Strong, individualized passwords can help protect devices.

Overall, the FBI is recommending that healthcare entities understand and emphasize asset management, vulnerability management and employee training to reduce risk. They want comprehensive inventories of devices, cooperation with manufacturers regarding vulnerabilities, and reporting methods in place for potential threats.

If you are a healthcare entity that utilizes medical devices, it is essential that you put into practice the FBI’s recommendations.

An inventory of devices is a great place to start.

This will allow you to know what devices you have, when they were manufactured, when updates/patches were released, and if you should be in contact with the manufacturer regarding any updates.

Employees also need to be trained to utilize the inventory and watch for potential risks.

Your policies and procedures should be up to date regarding your medical devices and related policies, so that employees know where to look for guidance. Train them frequently, so that nothing falls through the cracks.

We help our clients with their inventories, manage their risks, and protect against breaches.

At Rickard & Associates, we also help our clients update their policies and procedures and provide thorough training to all employees.

If you need help with your devices, inventory, or employee training, contact us today!

We know you’re busy. Subscribe to our blog to get updates and news sent directly to your inbox!

We publish vital information every Wednesday and Friday. To get this important information delivered directly to your mail box, subscribe today!

Do you need help with updating your Business Associate Agreement or negotiating contracts with third-party vendors?  We can help. To contact us about your Business Associate Agreement, your vendor contracts or your other legal needs, call us today.

Related Posts

Categories

Recent Posts

Estate Planning Terms to Know
December 1, 2022
Are You Providing Patients with their Records Quickly Enough?
November 29, 2022
Happy Thanksgiving from Rickard & Associates!
November 24, 2022
Protect Your Practice Against Telemedicine Fraud
November 22, 2022
Do I Need an Estate Plan?
November 17, 2022

Subscribe

Enter your email to subscribe now and receive your FREE HIPAA Risk Assessment book!

An essential tool for all healthcare providers, Easy Guide to HIPAA Risk Assessments breaks down the requirements of HIPAA so you can successfully complete your required risk assessment.

 

Get it now for FREE (an $8.99 value!)

One more step! Please check your email to confirm your subscription and receive your FREE book!