Cybersecurity risks in medical devices

Medical Device Network

By GlobalData Healthcare

Taking greater cybersecurity measures to protect medical devices is more important now than ever. For more than a decade, healthcare has been the largest target for data breaches. Breaches of data in a healthcare setting can have severe implications, as patients’ lives can be in danger from outdated and unprotected medical devices. For example, if computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment is tampered with, it could result in incorrect diagnoses or even incorrect or unnecessary medical procedures.

The American Hospital Association’s senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk recently stated that many medical devices used in hospitals today are legacy devices. These older medical devices are at a higher risk of ransomware attacks and rely on systems that no longer support security patches and updates. Such devices were not...

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