For years, health care organizations have protected a patient’s personal health information (PHI). With the advent of the Internet of Things (IOT) age, the healthcare industry has a new challenge; the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), spanning medical devices like infusion pumps, MRI machines, x-ray machines, heart monitors, etc. New devices that are part of an expanded attack surface that can now threaten the care and life of a patient.
THE PROMISE AND THE PARADOX
The paradox is that while IoMT can fuel exponential gains in healthcare productivity and access to patient information, it has also given rise to risk exposure due to potentially unsecured IoMT devices. We have seen how the WannaCry cyberattack crippled Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) in May 2017.
According to Gartner Research, 25% of healthcare attacks will originate from IoT devices by 2020. SANS reported that about 17% of cyberattacks in a hospital originate from medical endpoints. 77% of hospitals now report that security risks around connected medical devices as their top concern.
THE Rx FOR IoMT
The challenge is that most of these new IoMT devices were not designed with a deep security-first posture. Most cannot support an agent to secure them. Healthcare organizations need an agentless solution that can identify the devices, their behavior, and the connections to determine if a medical device has been compromised. And if compromised, can disconnect the device from the network.
THE ARMIS APPROACH
As an agentless IoT security platform, Armis instantly protects hospitals and their environment by allowing every device to safely connect to the network. Armis identifies and profiles devices, connections and anomalous behavior to protect patient care.