The Unique Threats Posed By Medical IoT Devices And What To Do About Them


Saryu Nayyar

The average home is being overrun by Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including thermostats, cameras, doorbells, sprinkler systems, Smart TVs, kitchen appliances and more.

Now, let’s consider medical and hospital settings. These have become IoT-enabled as well, with a wide range of medical devices now being interconnected, including blood pressure, pulse, respiration and temperature monitoring systems that can be centrally accessed from nursing stations. According to reports, modern hospitals will typically have at least 10 connected devices per bed, and this number is increasing rapidly considering the market for connected medical devices is growing at a CAGR of 27.6%.

Unlike home environments, the security risks associated with IoT devices in medical applications can have...

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