More than half of medical devices found to have critical vulnerabilities

More than half of the connected medical devices in hospitals pose security threats due to critical vulnerabilities that could potentially compromise patient care. 

According to the 2022 State of Healthcare IoT Device Security Report from Cynerio, 53% of internet-connected medical devices analyzed were found to have a known vulnerability, while one-third of bedside devices were identified to have a critical risk. Cynerio analyzed over 10 million medical devices at more than 300 global hospitals and medical facilities.   

The report warns that if these medical devices were to be accessed by hackers, it would impact service availability, data confidentiality, and even patient safety. 

“Healthcare is a top target for cyberattacks, and even with continued investments in cybersecurity, critical vulnerabilities remain in many of the medical devices hospitals rely on for patient care,” said Daniel Brodie, the CTO, and co-founder, Cynerio, in a statement. “Hospitals and health systems don’t need more data — they need advanced solutions that mitigate risks and empower them to fight back against cyberattacks, and as medical device security providers, it’s time for all of us to step up. With the first ransomware-related fatalities reported last year, it could mean life or death.” 

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