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Internet of Medical Things Security Playbook

Executive Summary for Healthcare Industry Leaders

Connected medical devices — also known as the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) — have transformed healthcare. These assets, however, can’t be secured with traditional endpoint and network solutions and have increasingly become targets of ransomware attacks.

With IoMT vulnerabilities and healthcare cyberattacks on the rise, now more than ever it’s crucial to build a medical device security program to bridge the worlds of biomedical engineering and information technology (IT), ensure delivery of care, and improve operational resilience.

This playbook provides Armis’s guidance to help healthcare leaders navigate the unique security challenges of protecting IT, OT, IoT, and IoMT devices, clinical workflows, and patient data. You will get insights on how to drive awareness of the importance of cybersecurity to patient safety and business continuity, in addition to a roadmap to enhanced IoMT security.

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Get Prepared for the Challenges of IT, OT, IoT, and IoMT in Healthcare


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Chapter 1: How to Innovate in Healthcare with IoMT Devices Without Exposing the Expanding Cyberattack Surface

The Internet of Medical Things era is revolutionizing the delivery of care. Hospitals are getting smarter with the growing use of connected devices in healthcare, but greater connectivity also results in increasing vulnerabilities and threats.

Read this chapter to learn what is behind the expanding cyberattack surface in smart hospitals. See examples of IoMT assets that can become an entry point for unauthorized access and navigate cyber risks that go beyond connected medical devices themselves. Discover how comprehensive asset visibility enables hospital cybersecurity and medical device return on investment (ROI).

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Chapter 2: The Hurdles of Internet of Medical Things Security

Connected healthcare devices pose unique cybersecurity challenges because most of these assets can’t be protected with traditional IT security tools such as scans and agents.

Find out why medical devices are vulnerable to cyberattacks and what you can do to stay on top of IoMT vulnerabilities. See the mitigation strategies for ten hurdles of IoMT security, including lack of built-in security, convergence of medical assets with IT, OT, IoT in hospitals, and sophisticated healthcare threat landscape. Explore the benefits of having a holistic, automated inventory of every digital asset (medical and non-medical) in your hospital network or airspace.

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Chapter 3: A History of Medical Device Hacking

Cases of medical device hacking include pacemakers, infusion pumps, and pneumatic tube systems. These incidents raise concerns about the security of medical devices and the potential risks to patient safety.

Get to know some of the most notorious cases of medical devices hacks. Review new regulatory requirements that are part of the increased push for medical device security and discover what’s needed to minimize the risks of medical device hacking.

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Watch our Webinar: Navigating the Changing Medical Device Threat Landscape

New cybersecurity framework and legislation revisions that now include medical devices seek to boost cyber resilience.

Watch this webinar to learn how these developments will impact the medical device security threat landscape. Get expert insights and guidance on how healthcare facilities can minimize threats and risk exposure.

Take Action to Reduce Cyber Risks in Healthcare


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Chapter 4: How to Mitigate Ransomware in Healthcare

Ransomware attacks keep happening in healthcare due to the sensitive and valuable nature of patient data, the proliferation of legacy technology, and the financial incentives for attackers.

Discover why medical ransomware is lucrative for cybercriminals and the consequences of these breaches for business continuity and delivery of care. Learn how to prevent healthcare ransomware by closing the following cybersecurity gaps: poor cyber hygiene, lack of security awareness, and asset visibility blind spots.

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Chapter 5: How to Minimize the Clinical Risks of Unsecured Healthcare Devices

Effective healthcare risk management requires a deep understanding of context across IT security and biomedical engineering silos.

Learn what type of healthcare risk management solution bridges the needs of both IT and clinical teams. Explore the different use cases of a hospital asset management solution that provides complete visibility across all types of assets, not only medical devices but also IT, OT, and IoT. Find out how to leverage clinical device utilization analytics to make informed decisions and improve patient care delivery.

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Chapter 6: How to Improve Patient Data Security

Patient data, which includes protected health information (PHI) and payment card information (PCI), is a top target of cyberattackers.

Understand why the healthcare industry has the highest average data breach costs. Find out the top causes of healthcare data breaches and how those cybersecurity incidents can directly impact quality of care. Get a 10-step roadmap for improved patient data security in healthcare.

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Download our White Paper: Medical and IoT Device Security for Healthcare

Cyberattackers are increasingly targeting patient care devices, taking advantage of the increased adoption of connected medical and non-medical Internet of Things (IoT) assets in healthcare.

Read this white paper to learn how you can boost medical and IoT device security with accurate inventory, classification, and monitoring of healthcare assets. Get to know how Armis addresses the specific needs of hospital cybersecurity with Armis(TM) a platform that comprehensively discovers assets, analyzes risks, monitors threats, and triggers automated remediation.

Pave the Way to Secure Connected Devices in Healthcare


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Chapter 7: Why Traditional Vulnerability Management Programs Can’t Secure IT, OT, IoMT, and IoT in Healthcare

Vulnerability management helps hospitals identify, assess, prioritize, and mitigate security vulnerabilities in their devices, systems, and networks.

Understand the limitations of traditional IT vulnerability management programs when it comes to healthcare. Discover why methods such as agent-based technology, vulnerability scores, and network scanners can’t be applied to healthcare cybersecurity. Learn how to take a contextual risk-based approach to healthcare vulnerability management.

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Chapter 8: How to Spot the Top Indicators of Compromise in Healthcare 

Indicators of compromise refer to any information that can be used to detect the presence of a security breach or cyberattack in a healthcare organization.
Explore examples of indicators of compromise in healthcare and learn how to detect signs of a breach. Discover the importance of early threat detection to minimize the impact of an attack. See how to detect abnormal device and network behavior before it’s too late.

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Chapter 9: The Fundamentals of Medical Device Cybersecurity

An effective medical device strategy requires a focus on asset management and cybersecurity, as both go hand in hand with delivery of care.

Get a blueprint on how to build a device cybersecurity program in healthcare. Learn how to choose your hospital cybersecurity software. Get a checklist with the the top seven questions you should ask about your healthcare security solution.

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Chapter 10: Which Role Can You Play in Strengthening Cybersecurity in Healthcare Moving Forward?

Healthcare security is everyone’s responsibility. Improving hospital cyber resilience requires efforts and collaboration among cross-functional teams with different priorities.

Check out what different stakeholders — healthcare leaders, IT security, healthcare technology management, operations, general staff, and third-partner vendors — can do to improve the security defenses in hospitals. Look ahead to the trends that are driving the interest in healthcare cybersecurity.

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Download the 2022 Quadrant SPARK Matrix Report and Discover Why Armis has been Named a Leader in Connected Medical Device Security Solutions

The 2022 edition of Quadrant Knowledge Solutions’ SPARK Matrix report on connected medical device security solutions provides strategic information for healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs) to evaluate different vendor capabilities and their competitive differentiation.

Download this analyst report to understand why Armis ranks a market leader in medical device security. Learn more about Armis’s differentiators, such as strong vulnerability management capabilities and security risk assessment in healthcare.