The rise of IoT is offering tremendous opportunities for the healthcare industry. Connected device manufacturers can gather data on how their products are used and how to improve them, healthcare providers can provide care remotely without having to admit patients into hospitals, and consumers love having better insights into their own health.
But there is a downside that is threatening these advancements: cyber threats. Here are some of the risks the healthcare industry is faced with:
- Leakage of sensitive personal data: Medical records have been a prime target for hackers and are sold for significant amounts of money on the Dark Web. The records are then used by other criminals for extortion, identity theft, fraud and phishing attacks.
- Malfunctioning of critical medical functions: When connecting devices such as drug infusion pumps, insulin pumps and implantable cardioverter defibrillators to the internet, they now become vulnerable to changes from the outside, with potentially serious consequences.
- Ransomware: Over the past year we have seen many, highly publicized ransomware attacks on hospitals around the world. Although any ransoms paid have been insignificant, the attacks have caused havoc for the hospitals and the patients.