“It Takes a Village”: Breaking Down the Many Components of Device Security


Kate Gamble

There are myriad factors that have made medical device security so challenging. For starters, the average lifecycle for an operations system is about 7 to 10 years, while medical devices can last for up to 20 years — makes for quite a gap.

But that’s just one reason.

Another is the fact that until a few years ago, security wasn’t a top priority for device manufacturers, according to Murad Dikeidek, Information Security Manager at University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. “The focus has been on the safety of devices, not on cybersecurity,” he noted during a recent webinar, which also featured Mitch Parker, CISO at Indiana University Health, and Shankar Somasundaram, Founder & CEO at Asimily. In fact,...

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