Health care providers have a long history of protecting sensitive patient information but the fact that more and more health care equipment is now connected to the internet opens up this data to a new range of exposure risks. All hospitals currently do have formal strategies to protect medical device security in order to comply with federal regulations, but according to an ECRI Institute survey, less than half have comprehensive facility-wide cybersecurity management policies in place.
Via Modern Healthcare:
When Dick Cheney learned hackers might be able to alter his pacemaker’s settings, he asked his physicians to sever the device’s wireless Internet connection.
His physician used that connection to monitor the device’s functionality. Cheney feared some terrorist would reprogram the device to kill the former vice president.