Medical device technology has brought an improved sense of care to healthcare organizations, yet also bring along the risk of a data breach when not maintained. A new survey by Ponemon Institute, an information technology research organizations, found medical devices to be especially susceptible to attack.
Laptops, tablets, wearables and other medical devices have become a major part of healthcare delivery. This survey evaluates healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs) and device makers to outline their views on medical devices and the risks they face.
- 67 percent of device makers and 56 percent of HDOs believe an attack on one or more of their medical devices is very likely or likely within the next year
- 37 percent of device makers and 59 percent of HDOs are confident in their security measures to detect vulnerabilities.
- 25 percent of device makers and 38 percent of HDOs have security protocols within their devices to protect patient data.
- 40 percent of device makers and 44 percent of HDOs are unaware of what caused an adverse event with a medical device
- 39 percent of device makers and 45 percent of HDOs have no steps in preventing attacks on medical devices.
- 29 percent of device makers and 21 percent of HDOs believe the use of mobile devices has very significantly increased security risks.
- 61 percent of device makers and 59 percent of HDOs report a serious hacking event would influence their organization to increase the security budget of medical devices.
- 34 percent of device makers and 27 percent of HDOs report having medical devices that contain malware and significant vulnerabilities.