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Medical Healthcare Devices Need their Cybersecurity Examined

Healthcare data is ten times more valuable than credit card data alone, making it the most valuable thief target. On July 14, moderator Andrew Pearce, Senior Digital Health Strategist of Analytics at HIMSS, spoke with two subject matter experts about cybersecurity trends in Healthcare and their advice for finding and correcting gaps during the webinar “Are your Medical Devices Cybersecure?”

As digital transformation outpaces the industry’s ability to safeguard new technology, a gap has emerged between gains in digital maturity and advances in security maturity (in Healthcare). As a result, most Healthcare providers, according to Staynings, may have, At best, a haphazard inventory of IoT assets, with few people aware of the risks. According to him, this leaves considerable vulnerabilities in security risk management just waiting to be exploited.

He went on to say that providers can’t assess risk if they don’t know what they’re dealing with and that the industry needs improved tools and processes to identify and evaluate the expanding number of IoT “connected” assets. Next, Philips’ Cybersecurity Global Market Leader, Jonathan Bagnall, gave a detailed overview of how the company integrates cybersecurity into product development and lifecycle management.Patient Information Center iX (PIC iX), a Philips patient monitoring product, was used as an example. Every 30 days, Philips reviews and certifies security patches before distributing them to clients for deployment using automated techniques. Finally, he mentioned Focal Point, which enables visibility into the cybersecurity and performance of Philips’ products and additional security capabilities with PIC iX.

To be able to protect your environment, it’s a fundamental strategy. Because the pace of technological advancement in Healthcare is so rapid, it’s challenging for physicians to know what they have and how to secure it. As a result, security services will become more prevalent in Healthcare, allowing providers to redirect their efforts away from patient care and toward cybersecurity.

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