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Medical Device Security Challenges

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The concern with the prolific and complex ecosystem of medical devices continues to increase. Due to numerous factors, such as longer life expectancy, legacy systems, inability to patch, lack of controls, proprietary and operational dependencies, and the multitude of vulnerabilities, security concerns have grown past the point of "it's a security problem" to "this is an organizational objective to secure our medical systems." Medical devices are now more integrated than ever. These devices are procured and onboarded without dedicated practices and procedures and without hardening standards or configurations. For years there were concerns that implementing security controls could conflict with patient care delivery. Additionally, stakeholders are challenged with addressing the business needs, execution of strategy, and meeting missions and objectives while ensuring a safe and effective healing environment, but the demanding questions arise: How do we develop a medical device security program? How do we operationalize medical device security? How to we achieve organizational missions and objectives with such disparate departments, systems, and technologies? The lack of staff, training, structure, policies, sponsorship, governance and resources are all factors that influence the inability to build and drive a multi- dimensional medical device security program. This does not mean this is excusable, nor does it mean you should wait until you are negatively impacted. Your organization can turn to medical device security managed services to handle the elements referenced above, as part of a collaborative arrangement with internal departments and experts in the field of medical device security. Page 1 Medical Device Security Challenges

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