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Providers lack confidence in medical device cybersecurity
Modern Healthcare

More than half of provider organizations lack a strong degree of confidence in their medical device security, according to a survey by KLAS and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

The majority of surveyed provider groups said they attributed security problems to the device manufacturers, particularly if the devices can’t be properly updated or patched. The problem is widespread—affecting about a third of respondents’ medical devices—and is exacerbated by the fact that medical devices tend to have long life cycles.

These unpatched and out-of-date devices are particularly susceptible to hackers, who can take advantage of vulnerabilities that otherwise have been patched.

That was what happened with the WannaCry ransomware in May 2017, when hackers targeted computers running outdated versions of Microsoft Windows.