Healthcare Security Experts Suggest Upgrading Medical Device Designs to Prevent Ransomware

Published By : 06 Jun 2017 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

A few days ago the news about medical devices in the US being hit by ransomware for the very first time broke. This news threw the global healthcare industry into a tizzy. Against this backdrop, the healthcare security veterans have recommended hospitals to ensure undisrupted availability of IT systems and medical devices, besides practices resembling treating or preventing disease as ransomware is a symptom and not a problem.

The continuity of clinical operations was seriously disrupted when WanaCry stuck. Given the scenario warnings were issued by the Department of Homeland Security as ransomware affected several medical products such as from mobile xrays to radiation oncology. The healthcare industry was saved by a curious twenty-two years old who invested a meager US$11 to get a domain name registered and accidentally disabled the buggy malware from causing more nuisance. The world could thus rest briefly or prepare for the next attack.

Medical Device Manufacturers Upgrading Designs to Ensure Immunity to Cyber-security Risks

In order to fight such malware, medical device manufacturers must focus on upgrading designs for medical devices to lessen the intensity of cybersecurity threats. The U.S FDA has already identified best practices and community standards such as the AAMI TIR57 for improving security in medical devices. Furthermore, Microsoft has already warned medical device manufacturers about the obsolescence of Windows XP. Furthermore, it is important for hospitals to stop investing in medical devices that are unmaintainable. Furthermore, it is important that hospitals to factor cyber security while making their purchase decisions. Companies such as Mayo Clinic also offers procurement practices such as “vendor book” for cybersecurity to help hospitals reach their final decision. 

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