Medical IoT Security Confidence
November 23, 2018
A Healthcare security revealed a contradiction between the confidence that healthcare professionals have in the visibility of connected medical devices and security of their networks, and the inefficient and ineffective legacy processes many still rely on to keep them secure.
The survey included not only IT/IS
professionals, but also clinical and biomedical engineers who play
critical roles in managing and securing connected medical devices.
Unfortunately, their confidence is not justified. “Most organizations are thinking about antivirus, endpoint protection and firewalls, but there are many devices — like medical monitoring equipment — and no one is thinking about securing them,” said Jon Booth, Bear Valley Community Hospital District IT director and Zingbox customer. Additionally, as noted in a Gartner report, Market Trends: Five Healthcare Provider Trends for 2018 published in November 2017 notes: “Generally, medical devices are not replaced for at least 10 years, with many running old software that has not been updated or patched.”
And there are other challenges: the Zingbox survey revealed 41 percent of healthcare IT professionals do not have a separate or sufficient budget for securing connected devices.
Majority of Clinical and Biomedical Engineers Still Rely on Manual Processes for IoT Devices
When asked about inventory of connected medical devices, majority of clinical and biomedical engineers (85 percent) were confident that they have an accurate inventory of all connected medical devices even though many rely on manual audits, which are prone to human error and quickly become outdated. Additional responses from clinical and biomedical engineers include:
survey also shows that more than half (55 percent) of responses indicate
clinical/biomedical engineers must walk over to the device or call
others to check on their behalf whether a device is in-use before
scheduling repairs. Many make the trip only to find out that the device
is in-use by patients and must try again in the future hoping for better