After a year of unprecedented ransomware attacks on hospitals and health care systems – and with health care now the #1 target for cybercriminals – critical medical device risks in hospital environments continue to leave hospitals and their patients vulnerable to cyberattacks and data security issues.
In its 2022 State of Healthcare IoT Device Security Report, Cynerio found that security threats related to IoT and related devices within health care environments have remained sorely under-addressed, despite increased investments in health care cybersecurity. Data shows that 53% of connected medical devices and other IoT devices in hospitals have a known critical vulnerability. Additionally, a third of bedside health care IoT devices – which patients most depend on for optimal health outcomes – have an identified critical risk. If attacked, these vulnerabilities could impact service availability, data confidentiality or patient safety – with potentially life-threatening consequences for patient care.
Additional report findings include:
Health care is a top target for cyberattacks, and even with continued investments in cybersecurity, critical vulnerabilities remain in many of the medical devices hospitals rely on for patient care,” said Daniel Brodie, CTO and co-founder, Cynerio. “Visibility and risk identification are no longer enough. Hospitals and health systems don’t need more data – they need advanced solutions that mitigate risks and empower them to fight back against cyberattacks, and as medical device security providers it’s time for all of us to step up. With the first ransomware-related fatalities reported last year, it could mean life or death.”
For additional data and analysis, download a full version of the State of Healthcare IoT Device Security Report and join Cynerio for a webinar on January 27 for a deep dive into the report’s key findings and implications for health care IoT security going forward.
Cynerio collects detailed information about a hospital’s connected device footprint through a patented connector that is typically placed on the core switch’s SPAN port. This allows Cynerio to passively monitor the network traffic of connected devices immediately without putting confidential data at risk. Using our research team’s deep healthcare expertise Cynerio can parse hundreds of proprietary device protocols to analyze device metadata, classify devices, and compile information about their risks and vulnerabilities. Analysis is performed through a combination of meticulous investigation by the Cynerio research team and artificial intelligence. Cynerio does not analyze or collect any electronic personal health information as part of this process. The data in this report is based on our analysis of over 10 million IoT and IoMT devices collected from current Cynerio implementations at over 300 hospitals and other healthcare facilities in the US and around the world. All data is completely anonymized.
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