The complexity of medical devices, systems, and applications in a healthcare setting is incredibly vast and heterogeneous and it can include desktops, servers, bedside computer terminals, diagnostic imaging devices, self-service kiosks, implantable medical devices, electronic health record (EHR) systems, management software, PACS systems, medical billing systems, patient portals, public clouds, and often many other outdated systems. This vast array of machines and applications, which doctors rely on to save lives, represents a huge attack surface for the increasingly aggressive and unscrupulous hackers.
When it comes to cybersecurity in the HealthCare industry, it is important to underline that policies typically designed for standard networks are not always applicable to medical equipment and applications.
Since the whole ecosystem requires a validation process that lasts months, the network configuration is usually frozen at a certain firmware and operating system revision, corresponding to the beginning of the certification process. As a consequence, these systems cannot be promptly updated with the security patches released by the software vendors and their vulnerability exposure becomes higher and higher. Often there aren’t the adequate conditions to realize a private and protected network inside the hospitals, and therefore, if the appliances need be reached remotely, they become exposed to the risk of Cryptolocker, Ransomware and Malware attacks, with the possibility of tampering or theft of patients’ sensitive data.
Last but not least, healthcare institutions must comply with very stringent regulations and require manufacturers of equipment, instruments and applications to provide fully compliant supplies.
There are technologies that overcome these challenges by combining network perimeter protection, machine security, and regulatory compliance with remote access, monitoring, data collection, and analysis of the medical device. Among the vendors that can offer all this is Endian, which makes the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) more secure and cutting-edge with its multifunctional digital platform.
Endian solution consists of a central software (core) and gateways in the field (edge/field), scalable and adaptable to the needs of different medical/healthcare realities.