Why cybersecurity in healthcare is important
The average hospital is home to nearly 85,000 devices, so it comes as no surprise that healthcare is one of the most targeted sectors by threat actors.
The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) provides greater mobility and flexibility in providing patient care, but those conveniences come at a cost. IoMT devices like infusion pumps, pacemakers, monitors, MRI/CT scanners and more are inherently less secure. That’s why they all need to be monitored and verified with machine identities.
Because you know that in the healthcare sector, it’s not just your data and your reputation that’s at risk—it’s human lives.
Healthcare breaches are the most expensive, costing on average, $10.1 million in 2022.
Challenges in healthcare and IoMT cybersecurity
Ensuring the integrity of medical data
Patient medical records are filled with valuable information like birthdates, home addresses, employment, emergency contacts, insurance plans and SSNs. You must ensure all that information is housed securely, especially if it’s connected to hackable IoMT devices.
Complying with stringent industry regulations
Staying compliant with mandates like HITECH and HIPAA isn’t feasible if you don’t have consistent visibility and control over your inventory of devices and their machine identities—violations of either regulation could have serious financial and legal repercussions.
Securing IoMT and software
Supply-chain attacks on medical institutions are common, so it’s not enough to verify the device itself. All pieces of associated software and firmware need authorization and authentication to run, too. Without that verification, healthcare organizations can be left open to ransomware, DDoS attacks and other malware exploits.
Healthcare data security solutions from Venafi
The Venafi Control Plane helps you keep a finger on the pulse of your surging inventory of medical devices and their machine identities, providing unrivaled visibility and control through one centralized, automated platform.
Machine identity complexity is causing massive problems.
The perimeter is dead, and the rapid expansion of cloud native infrastructure has caused an explosion of new machine identities—and staggering levels of difficulty in managing them. Read this 1-page brief to learn how a control plane standardizes your approach to machine identity management.
Establish clear visibility of all machine identities
Leave no stone unturned. Uncover 25-30% more certificates during your discovery phase with Venafi.
Using complete discovery capabilities, you can build a centralized inventory of all machine identities across medical devices in your healthcare organization to avoid expirations, prevent outages—which can also result in disruption of patient care—and pinpoint system vulnerabilities.
Establish Clear Policies
Automate 65-85% of your certificate lifecycle management.
Define and enforce company-wide machine identity policy through automation even for immense inventories of IoMT devices spread across complex, distributed environments.
Validate machines to ensure ongoing patient care
Avoid destructive ransomware attacks that cost, on average, $4.62m per occurrence.
Use secure code signing processes to authenticate your IoMT devices and the software running on them to prevent tampering, breaches or disruption of care.
Work the way you want
Orchestrate machine identities across the applications your medical organization is already using by integrating with our extensive technology partner Ecosystem.
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