BI&T November/December 2019
Although the WannaCry ransomware attack of 2017 could have been worse, the attention it garnered helped serve as a much-needed cybersecurity wake-up call. Since the attack, healthcare delivery organizations have worked with a greater sense of urgency to develop information technology infrastructure and security expertise. Meanwhile, medical device manufacturers have ramped up efforts to fuse sound cybersecurity principles into their devices. However, solutions for paying down the “risk debt” facing the health technology ecosystem are not easily found. Transparency-improving measures, such as having each medical device’s software bill of materials and establishing a successful coordinated vulnerability disclosure process, are viewed by experts as essential to improving healthcare's security stance.
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