Digitally compatible medical devices are at risk of cyberattacks, which can interfere with how they operate, harm patient health or even lead to death. Medical devices are also increasingly utilising IoT technology and data sharing, which increases the attack surface for hackers.
Medical device cybersecurity for engineers and manufacturers is now shifting toward a holistic approach to ensure detection, prevention and a rapid response to cyberattacks.
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Cybersecurity trends in medical devices
Cybersecurity trends in the medical devices industry include, but are not limited to:
Endpoint security and education
Medical device companies need to invest in endpoint security due to the increasing use of multiple devices and access points. A comprehensive endpoint security solution comprising a centralised management portal that controls and manages all the endpoints across the enterprise is essential to reinforce security.
Organisations also need to educate and train their employees on data protection and cybersecurity to ensure that they are aware of the potential gateways to cyberattacks.
The adoption of multi-factor authentication is increasing for data sharing among employees, patients and healthcare providers. Such protocols help in protecting patient data from unauthorised access and tampering.
The application of real-time analytics is currently limited in the medical device and pharma industries, but it can serve as a core enabler for improving enterprise security. It can serve as an effective tool to prevent outsider attacks while detecting advanced threats within the organisation.
Medical device cybersecurity regulations
The risk posed by the hacking of connected medical devices such as infusion pumps, implanted pacemakers, and insulin pumps, has led to increased pressure to impose cybersecurity regulations on medical devices.
Such regulations, however, have not been passed yet but regulatory authorities have issued cybersecurity guidelines. For example, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued guidance documents that include suggestions and recommendations for medical device cybersecurity for engineers and manufacturers.
Medical device companies are entering partnerships with technology companies to improve their offerings and protect their devices from cyberattacks. Such partnerships enable medical device companies to create more marketable solutions and address the growing need for cybersecurity solutions in connected medical devices.