Every year, protect your from hackers. progresses making it simple for anyone to access information online. Hackers have nailed down every tip and trick to get their hands on whatever they want, so you have to secure your information as best you can. Specifically, if you didn’t already know, your are at risk as well. Let’s learn more about the typical medical device security challenges and a few best practices you can follow to
Types of Personal Information and Medical Devices at Risk
Before we discuss how to secure your device and what to do about security , you should probably understand what is at risk and how. Your personal health information is anything that is tied to your medical records, history, and personal – essentially any information that identifies who you are. This type of information should always be kept confidential and secure by you and any company that maintains it. Furthermore, personal information is protected under , any violation of this kind of information is against the law and could result in heavy fines and major consequences for all involved.
Your medical device is technically an extension of this personal information and can include any of the following types of devices:
- Insulin pumps
- Birth control – IUD implants and arm implants
- MRI machines
- Infusion pumps
- CT scanners
- Security cameras in a facility
- RFID readers
- Monitoring devices
- Fitness trackers
The devices on the list are also protected under , and yes that includes even fitness trackers. Someone could try to hack into a medical device to obtain any information it tracks or stores about you. Since you now have a better understanding of how common are to devices, let’s discuss how important security is for .
Security Challenges for Medical Devices
Between technological access and mass production, these devices are intertwined and connected in some way or another. When one is at risk, all of them are at risk. interrupt critical, daily operations. If a radiology device is hacked or its entire system gets infiltrated, can no longer benefit from those machines until the issue is resolved. That happened in 2017, and cancer had to postpone life-saving treatment due to a cyberattack. It might come off as shocking or dramatic, but it’s not. You need to be aware of the reality of the consequence. hardly occur in isolation, so keeping your guard is key for protecting your device and its information. Hacked
Let’s say for example, you have diabetes and your insulin pump stopped working because of or a hacker. It’s a major risk that can also be life threatening. In the end, it is important to understand that protecting your devices is about guarding your life.
The Price of Cybersecurity
You should always make sure that are protected because they are a pricey investment. Cleaning up after a cyberattack will cost your organization more money than if you had obtained a for your devices and electronic health records from the start.
Perhaps the biggest challenge here is the overall threat to the American . One device hack can lead to another and then another, and all these devices, systems, , and organizations rely on one another to maintain the functioning and care of . A threat is a threat, no matter the perceived size.
Security challenges for medical devices include:
- Their long shelf life.
- They are mass-produced.
- They are not engineered to be protected against and .
- They are critical for survival and .
- They are all intertwined within the , , and more.
Best Practices to Secure Your Medical Devices, Both Big and Small
So, what can you do to protect your from hackers and cyber-attacks then? Don’t you worry! We have compiled a list of simple best practices you can start implementing today for long-term success.
- Review FDA guidelines for , these are not regulations, but they are helpful guidelines on what to do to protect devices.
- Invest in a quality protection service.
- Set yourself up for success from the start – often last a long time, and it isn’t easy to retroactively secure or update them.
- If you are a healthcare organization, dedicate and train staff to medical device security so that there is consistency and regular collaborative efforts on this topic.
- Protect your software systems and that is connected to any medical device – hello, antivirus software!
- Encrypt and password protect everything you can with strong passwords
- Don’t give access to employees or other people who do not need it or cannot be authorized to access information, insider are very real
- Know your inventory – maintain a detailed list of all devices in and out of operation including serial numbers, purchase dates, etc.
- Complete a of devices to check and ensure their security.
- Register devices as applicable and do routine check-ups on them for security and functioning.
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