Healthcare IoT Security Operations Maturity: A Rationalized Approach to a New Normal

Contributed by Medigate

IoT cybersecurity management products are a key enabler of connected health. The global solution market is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 28% over the next three years, and the healthcare sector is projected to experience the highest rate of growth.1 Not surprisingly, healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs) are rapidly investing in these solutions, as they address the operational challenges to scalable, safe delivery. Interestingly, however, the adoption is occurring despite how hospital cultures still lag in their understanding of the real stakes and the capabilities that enable a desirable future state. This paper suggests that a more simplified approach to modernizing healthcare security operations is warranted. It suggests that a renewed focus on foundational enhancements presents a more rational path to maturity. The “blocking and tackling” sports analogy comes to mind, as only teams that effectively execute at this level can successfully move to the next. 

The explosion in connected health is driving a revolution in care delivery. To safely support this transformation, a blend of positive and negative pressures are driving HDOs to invest in security operations maturity. On the positive side, the shift to value-based reimbursement is in lockstep with the journey. And because healthcare operations research has never been well-funded, HDOs are learning that their investments in maturity are easily cost-justified. On the negative side, protections against cyber risk are rapidly becoming a matter of compliance. And, the COVID-19 pandemic has served as yet another catalyst, as it has created a perfect storm for adversaries. The volume of attacks following the first lockdown was staggering. Through June of 2021, 93% more ransomware attacks have been carried out than in the same period last year. The surge has given rise to “triple extortion” techniques whereby attackers, in addition to seeking payment from the HDO, also coerce payments from patients and business partners.

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Securing the clinical environment requires a new security strategy and coordinated approach as IT, OT, IoT, and physical systems converge and the threat of bad actors exploiting vulnerabilities across new and old infrastructure is increasing.

IT also requires detailed knowledge of each and every medical device, its proprietary protocols, and a comprehensive understanding of medical workflows. In a network with hundreds of different device types, thousands of devices from different manufacturers, and a mix of protocols and operational parameters it can be overwhelming to protect.

Healthcare needs a solution that covers the entire risk spectrum they face while ensuring the usability of these devices without compromising security requires a specialized approach for healthcare.

Medigate gives you the confidence to see, secure, and manage all of the devices connected to your network and turn the associated data into a powerful resource. It means the end of any compromise between security and usability – put simply, it allows you to connect with confidence. Go here for more information.

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