Cloud-connected devices need a fresh scan for security issues

Healthcare IT News

Fred Bazzoli

Medical devices increasingly represent a weakness in security for most healthcare organizations, which typically use hundreds of diverse devices from dozens of manufacturers.

Equipment ranging from infusion pumps to hospital beds to Bluetooth-enabled devices can be 10 or more years old, working on old, vulnerable operating or application systems, and they’re often in close proximity to patients and essential in providing life-saving treatment.

Because an increasing number of these devices are connected to the cloud, it’s time to take a structured approach to ensuring that security risks are managed closely, said James L. Angle, an information security architect at Trinity Health, a Livonia, Michigan-based Catholic healthcare system.

Angle detailed the growing risk of cloud-linked devices’ security risks, as well as...

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