The good news is healthcare technology has evolved dramatically; the bad news is the implications are not always positive. IT systems and sophisticated, network-connected devices are now integral to any healthcare IT landscape; however, these have accomplished more than improving the efficiency of staff and quality of healthcare. What they have also done is increase the number of vulnerable entry points through which hackers can gain access to the healthcare facility’s IT systems and misuse personal health information of patients or hold these systems hostage for a huge ransom. The recent WannaCry and Petya attacks that first hit the UK’ s National Health Services and then spread to multiple organizations, including medical devices, were a painful reminder of the fact that not enough is being done to secure the healthcare IT ecosystem.
The nation’s leading cybersecurity event for healthcare professionals, the HIMSS Healthcare Security Forum, Boston from September 11th to 13th, 2017 focuses on healthcare security and its varied dimensions such as access control, cloud security, cybersecurity strategies and frameworks, HIPAA security, biometrics, incident response, network security, penetration testing, mobile and medical device security, vendor management, and more. This provides you with a chance to connect with and learn from the best in this space.
Unisys is a proud sponsor of this industry-relevant event and our team looks forward to connecting with you in Boston. We are also excited about the session by Jeff Livingstone, PhD, Global Head of Life Sciences and Healthcare, where he shares his insights on managing and securing your legacy medical devices. And before you assume that legacy devices are not your concern since you have the latest and the greatest devices in your facility, know that as far as medical device security is concerned, anything you have now or plan to buy in the coming three to five years is a legacy device for all practical purposes! Intrigued? More information will be available in the session on September 12th at 10:00 am ET. See you there.