The health care industry needs to implement better protection on its networks and data, reports Information Week.
With the sharp rise in usage of networked smart medical devices, hospital networks are opening themselves up to the possibility of more external attacks if they don’t work to increase network security.
However, protecting smart medical devices can be more complicated because they’re rarely compatible with antivirus software. People who use the smart devices for simple Web surfing unknowingly open up the device to virus attacks and malware installation.
Attacks and malware infections on networked medical devices are dangerous because they can direct the medical device to function incorrectly, endangering patients’ health. They can also steal patient data, which would mean the healthcare organization would be in violation of HIPAA regulations.
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