Cybersecurity for Healthcare: Addressing Medical Image Privacy

Security Intelligence

Michelle Greenlee

Medical imaging devices have greatly improved patient care and become a critical part of modern medical treatment. But, these devices weren’t always connected in ways they are today. Today’s tools are digital, networked with other devices and can be reached through a computer workstation. As such, more cyber threats can pose harm. So how can equipment makers and users build better cybersecurity for healthcare into imaging equipment?

One problem that prevents inclusion of security in the early stages of these machines’ creation is the length of their lifecycle. Medical imaging equipment, such as MRI, ultrasound and CT scan machines, are built to last at least 10 years. Many units remain...

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