The Future of the Internet of Medical Objects

Cybersecurity spending on connected medical devices remains low, but according to ABI Research they are expected to triple by 2021. The Internet of Medical Objects aims to transform healthcare through intelligent devices. However, its future is threatened if security concerns are not resolved immediately, as this would raise doubts about the quality of health care infrastructure and seriously undermine patient safety and the quality of health care delivery.

According to ABI Research, spending by healthcare providers and OEMs on health care is expected to reach $ 5.5 billion by 2016. Of this amount, only $ 390 million will be dedicated to securing medical devices. The money spent on securing medical devices will primarily be due to OEMs embedding security in the hardware, reviewing, analyzing, pen testing, developing patches, and performing OTA updates, among other functions. The rest of the expenditure will focus on data protection. But medical devices suffer from numerous vulnerabilities, and many often compound several critical vulnerabilities: code errors in software, use of hardcoded passwords, disabling of firewalls, lack of authentication mechanisms, unencrypted communications, among many other issues.

Peripheral protection requires addressing technical issues, healthcare delivery and business challenges through collaboration with industry. In any case, spending on equipment should triple overall by 2021, resulting mainly from public and private efforts. Some companies already use the cyber security of medical devices, including Battelle, Coalfire, Dräger, Extreme Networks, Sensato, Synopsys, UL and WhiteScope.

Investing in cybersecurity for the benefit of medical devices is essential to deliver the full promise of next-generation health technologies. OEMs and health care providers will participate in the foundations of cybersecurity for medical devices.

These findings are from ABI Research’s “Securing Medical Devices”. This report is part of the company’s “Digital Security sector”, which includes research, data, and analyst insights. Visit also www.abiresearch.com/

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