Cisco: Why Healthcare Provider CIOs Need to Prioritize Medical Device Security


Take a minute to imagine the volume of healthcare data transferred and stored every day: data from IoT and connected medical devices, electronic medical and health records, clinical workstations and smart hospital applications for patients , providers, researchers and administrators. All this data must be protected.

The digitization of care creates a more complex and rapidly changing threat landscape as the number of connected devices on a healthcare network continues to grow. Today, more devices require network connectivity, more BYOD devices are present on hospital networks, and devices often move around a healthcare facility.

The proliferation of smart and connected medical devices will only continue in the future. Between 2020 and 2028, the smart medical device market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 20.1%.1

With this significant increase in medical device adoption comes an increased risk of security breaches, and vendors need to protect and prevent device breaches across a wide range of mobile, medical, and infrastructure endpoints.

According to a report by Gartner“There has been increased interest in managing the cybersecurity risks that medical devices pose to healthcare provider networks.”

According to the Gartner report“Medical devices are different from traditional IoT devices, and healthcare providers need an alternative method to address IoMT security that has the ability to discover, identify, integrate, monitor, and control connected devices. Access policies must also be enforced consistently and continuously.”

So where do you start when it comes to managing medical devices in your healthcare facility? Getting started on the right path to mitigating these risks begins with the IOC creating an accurate inventory of medical devices. To learn more, access Gartner’s full report below.

  1. Data Bridge Market Research
  2. Gartner, Healthcare Provider CIO Top Actions for 2021: Reduce Medical Device Cyber ​​​​Risks, Gregg Pessin, G00743963 GARTNER is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and the world, and is used here with permission. All rights reserved.

To share:


Cisco Systems Inc. published this content on January 25, 2022 and is solely responsible for the information contained therein. Distributed by publicunedited and unmodified, on January 25, 2022 4:06:05 PM UTC.


About Author

Comments are closed.