The information age has brought with it many wonderful advances in medical research and devices, but sometimes the systems of defense just can’t keep up. Things as essential as pacemakers and insulin pumps are operating off of networks, just like a set of speakers. Though this allows for a greater range of use for medical devices like them, they are also open to cyberattacks. Hospitals and the medical devices therein need to be more vigilant about how they are handling their cybersecurity.
The FDA has been spearheading efforts for cybersecurity regulation since 2013.
Back in June of 2013, the FDA issued an order for medical devices and hospital wireless networks to be protected with appropriate cybersecurity protocols. They encouraged hospitals to check in with their firewalls, make sure all of the software was up to date, and to limit the access of unauthorized individuals to their wireless networks. The FBI has also commented on this issue, saying that though the Internet of Things has brought many wonderful advances to the table, it also leaves many people at risk for hacking and breaches. Medical device manufacturers were also encouraged to consider the vulnerability of their devices as they created them, but this has not been enforced with any type of strict regulation.
There is a lot at stake for hospitals and medical devices.
According to a report generated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office for Civil Rights, about 1690 medical facility breaches affecting over 500 people or more have been reported since 2009. This is a very high number, and with the right cybersecurity measures in place, we can work to decrease the likelihood of attacks in the future.
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