Why You Should Care About Medical Device Cybersecurity
Monday, April 25, 2016
Medtech professionals may want to take more notice of cybersecurity issues after the report Anatomy of an Attack, published earlier this year by TrapX Labs, a division of TrapX Security, and described by MD+DI.
The report, as related by MD+DI, described three instances at three separate healthcare institutions where hackers were able to hijack medical devices using malware, with the goal of stealing data from the hospitals’ networks. The identity of the hospitals was not disclosed. (See Phil Raymond director of the Wireless Competency Center at Philips Healthtech discuss security protocols, compliance, and patient privacy at MD&M East, June 14–16 in New York City.)
The medical devices involved included a radiology department picture archiving and communications system, a medical x-ray scanner in the radiology department of a second healthcare institution, and some blood gas analyzers used in a lab serving critical care and emergency services in a third healthcare institution.