Medical devices represent a ripe target for cyber attacks. Organisations need to take action to protect devices from these threats.
The frequency and severity of medical device risks are escalating as devices proliferate and cyber attackers turn their attention to vulnerable environments. Medical devices represent a ripe target for cyber threats due to a combination of two factors:
The current state of vulnerable medical devices requires an immediate, industrywide call to action. In order to address ever-mounting cybersecurity threats, organisations must take a programmatic approach to identification, mitigation and remediation of risk. The approach we recommend is fundamentally different from the current state approach. It requires all parties (from manufacturers to health care providers) to communicate and work in collaboration to actively identify cyber risks and related threats, plan for mitigation and remediation, and ensure the ongoing safety and security of patients.
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