Healthcare organisations are rapidly adopting Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) technologies to collect and analyse health data from internet-connected devices such as blood pressure monitors, continuous glucose monitors, and MRI scanners. These tools help to improve efficiencies, lower care costs, and drive better patient outcomes.
However, a recent study has shown that almost 80% of these devices are used so frequently that healthcare security has little time to analyse them for risks and attacks, apply the latest patches, and carry out segmentation to protect the devices on the network.
This lack of attention to cybersecurity in healthcare has become a major problem, resulting in nearly $21 billion in ransomware costs in 2021. Healthcare organisations have increasingly become targets for cybersecurity attacks, especially ransomware attacks that cripple networks and endanger patient safety. These attacks have become more sophisticated and have even targeted older IoT devices such as MRI machines and IV pumps. With IoMT and IoT devices being everywhere, hospitals and healthcare organisations are prime targets because they typically lack visibility into the risks of these devices, don’t know how many devices they have, and lack a comprehensive solution to address risk, protect, and service IoT devices.
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