Frightening Medical Device Testing Numbers

Despite an overall lack of confidence in the security of medical devices, less than 10 percent of manufacturers and only five percent of users actually test the security of their devices each year.  And even though both the providers and the manufacturers voice concern over this issue, it does not appear that an increase in security spending will be seen… until a breach has already occurred (read: Too late.)

Additionally, it is reported that approximately 30 percent of the hospitals and manufacturers mentioned actually encrypt the data on devices that are possibly vulnerable.  And things do not appear to be improving, as less than 20 percent of both manufacturers and providers have indicated that they will be taking the necessary steps to increase testing.  Couple that with the fact that most of those surveyed state they would only increase the budget AFTER an attack occurred, the outlook does not look good.

 

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