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Are your medical devices protected from cyber-attacks? Patient safety, data confidentiality and service availability for your users depend on it.

14 Sep 2021

Covid-19 has put a massive strain on the healthcare industry worldwide and adding to this is a major increase in security breaches across the sector. There has been a 300% rise in healthcare cyber-attacks since the beginning of 2020. Malware and cyber-attacks on medical devices put both hospitals and patients at risk. A more robust approach to IT Service Management is required, ensuring the visibility and security of all Internet of Medical Things (IoMT). 

Internet of Medical Things 

The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is the connected infrastructure of medical devices, software applications, and health systems and services. Think picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), radiology information systems (RIS), MRI machines, CT machines, ultrasound scanners, blood pressure machines, heart-rate monitors, robotic surgery, sensors...the list goes on! According to research firm Frost & Sullivan in the “Forecast to 2021” report, 20 billion to 30 billion connected IoT and medical devices were projected to be a part of the healthcare ecosystem by the end of last year.  

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Why security matters for IoMT  

The growing number of devices in the healthcare ecosystem combined with increased security threats makes it very challenging to effectively manage and protect medical devices as well as an IT department. 33% of CT machines use default passwords and 40% of all connected medical devices run an unsupported OS. The current lack of visibility, classification and monitoring of devices leaves you exposed, potentially jeopardising patient safety, data confidentiality, and service availability. Proper discovery and classification of all IoMT devices on a healthcare provider’s network helps to safeguard against this risk.  

So what can you do about it? 

Ivanti Neurons for Healthcare gives your IT team the ability to discover, manage and secure all medical devices in your IoT world. The platform uses passive discovery to detect your devices as they come on without actively scanning so there is no risk of down time for devices that are critical to patient care. It will identify your devices by vendor, type, model and classification as well as provide an overview of usage. The platform will analyse the device for risks or any anomalies in the device behaviour and develop recommendations to reduce or resolve those risks.

The Ivanti Neurons for Healthcare platform provides your organisation with a single source of truth for all your connected medical devices.

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See for yourself! 

Ivanti Neurons for Healthcare takes a medical-first approach to solving key IT challenges in the healthcare sector, enabling IT security teams to have visibility of all devices in the IoMT and build and enforce policies that minimise the risk against attack.

The platform is already helping IT teams in hospitals around the world gain real-time insights to identify and manage risk in IoMT, optimise device usage and functionality and achieve smooth operations to ensure patient safety.

Take a few minutes to watch a short video to see how simple it is to discover, manage and secure your medical devices.

The team at Service Dynamics has deep expertise in the healthcare industry, working with DHBs across New Zealand to improve the overall IT experience leveraging the power of leading technology – including Ivanti Neurons for Healthcare.

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Written by Service Dynamics