Healthcare Tech Not Prepared for Cyberattacks: Survey

Only 18 percent believe security built into their medical devices is strong

February 12, 2021

Cyberattacks on healthcare organizations around the world are on the rise, and the impacts of cyberattacks can be devastating. A recent ransomware attack on two hospital chains in Florida and Texas resulted in tens of thousands of patient records being posted to a blog on the dark web. Unfortunately, too few in healthcare are prepared for the attacks.

A new survey by security software firm Irdeto found that 88 percent of U.S.-based medtech leaders do not believe their organizations are prepared for a cyberattack, according to Healthcare Global.

The survey was carried out among senior level corporate and product executives at Fortune 1,000 medical device manufacturers, digital and mobile health companies and telehealth providers. They were asked about existing cybersecurity policies and processes, their hopes and fears for connected health and potential solutions to the growing vulnerabilities, risks and threats. Among the key findings: 

  • Eighty percent have suffered at least one cyberattack in the past five years, including ransomware, malware, phishing, spoofing and DDoS, with customer databases, employee information and even research and development being targeted.
  • Only 18 percent believe the security built into their medical device products is strong, while 80 percent rate their organization’s cybersecurity products as just adequate or not robust

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