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More Than Half of Medical Devices Have Critical Vulnerabilities


Illustration of some of the types of hospital equipment connected to the Internet of Things.

The report found 73% of infusion pumps had some type of vulnerability, which troubling since they typically make up 38% of a hospital's Internet of Things-connected equipment.

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Medical cybersecurity platform Cynerio's 2022 State of Healthcare IoT Device Security Report estimates 53% of connected medical devices in hospitals have critical flaws, including a third of bedside devices.

Cynerio analyzed more than 10 million medical devices at over 300 global hospitals and medical facilities, and found, among other things, that 73% of infusion pumps, constituting 38% of hospital Internet of Things (IoT) inventory, possess some type of vulnerability.

Cynerio warns hacked medical devices would affect hospital service availability, data confidentiality, and patient safety.

Said Cynerio's Daniel Brodie, “Hospitals and health systems don't need more data—they need advanced solutions that mitigate risks and empower them to fight back against cyberattacks, and as medical device security providers, it's time for all of us to step up."

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