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Best Practices: Securing Medical Devices Against Cyberthreats

Best Practices: Securing Medical Devices Against Cyberthreats

This IDC Health Insights report examines the vulnerability of networked medical devices and the related security issues facing providers in the current environment. The study will help educate healthcare business and IT executives about the challenges networked medical devices present and offer guidance regarding best practices for securing them.

"If not properly secured, medical devices, such as bedside telemetry or implantable devices like pacemakers and insulin pumps, can introduce malware to the network or, in extreme cases, be hacked, and could harm the individual whose medical device was compromised," states Lynne A. Dunbrack, research vice president, IDC Health Insights. "To date, targeted attacks on medical devices to do bodily harm are only theoretical, but the possibility of such a breach by exploiting vulnerable medical devices has been demonstrated in security research. Today, the bigger problems for hospitals are operational and financial as device malware infections degrade medical device performance or even shut down clinical operations, sometimes across entire departments."

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IDC Health Insights Opinion
In This Study
Situation Overview
Business Needs
Management Challenges
The Best Practices
Future Outlook
Cyberattacks Will Increase in Intensity
Accelerated Medical Device Innovation Will Create New Security Risks
New Roles and Responsibilities for Clinical Engineers
Essential Guidance
Actions to Consider
Actions for Vendors
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Related Research
Figure: Vulnerabilities Associated with Connected Medical Devices

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