Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) refers to medical devices and applications with Internet connectivity. It’s a subset of Internet of Things (IoT) and, for this reason, is often referred to as IoT in healthcare.
The overall category of IoT devices is typically more consumer-oriented, focusing on usability and convenience. IoT devices include smart TVs, lighting apps, voice assistants—really any number of smart, connected devices. IoMT devices and applications are designed with healthcare in mind, including:
Connected medical devices help healthcare workers deliver faster and better care. Use cases range from robotic surgery to glucose monitoring. Benefits of IoMT include:
The proliferation of connected devices in hospitals and medical facilities expands these organizations’ attack surface. Medical data privacy is also a concern and subject to regulations, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
In addition, IoMT devices have unique cybersecurity challenges. For example:
Limited correlation of security vulnerabilities with safety impact potentially causes issues with prioritization of information security response and recovery workflows.
To protect medical devices and critical patient information, healthcare organizations need an agentless solution such as the Armis platform.
Armis passively monitors traffic to discover and classify every medical device, includingmanaged and unmanaged devices, across nearly any environment. The Armis platform analyzes asset behavior, assesses risks, detects threats, and has the ability to quarantine suspicious devices automatically.
The comprehensive device inventory Armis generates includes critical asset intelligence such as:
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