Craig Pepper
May 29, 2024
4 Min Read

Why Medical Tech Needs Robust Cybersecurity

The Growing Role of Medical Technology

Medical technology has transformed healthcare, making it more efficient and effective. From electronic health records (EHRs) and telemedicine to wearable devices and AI-driven diagnostic tools, these advancements have significantly improved patient care. However, as healthcare becomes more digital, it also becomes more vulnerable to cyber threats.

The Rising Threat of Cyber Attacks

Cyber attacks targeting healthcare are becoming more common and sophisticated. In 2023, several high-profile breaches showed just how vulnerable medical tech can be. For example, 

NHS Data Breach (April 2023 - March 2024) According to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), there were 3,557 personal data breaches reported across the UK health sector over two years. 

A report found that 79% of UK healthcare providers experienced at least one data breach since 2021. A significant number of these breaches were linked to issues with legacy IT systems and the increased use of unmanaged personal devices, which pose substantial security risks. This highlights the need for better device management and investment in new cyber security to secure healthcare data.

These aren't isolated incidents. Healthcare organisations are frequently targeted by cybercriminals because of the sensitive nature of the data they handle. The average cost of a data breach for a UK organisation is currently £3.4 million. This makes it clear that robust cybersecurity is essential.

Why Proactive Cybersecurity is Crucial

To protect medical technology and patient data, healthcare organisations must adopt proactive cybersecurity measures. This means not just reacting to threats, but actively 

preventing them.

One key strategy is implementing Cyber Essentials. This government-backed scheme helps organisations protect themselves against common cyber threats. By following the Cyber Essentials framework, healthcare providers can significantly reduce their risk of being attacked.

Periculo offers services to help healthcare organisations achieve Cyber Essentials certification. Our experts assess your current cybersecurity practices, identify vulnerabilities, and implement necessary controls to achieve certification. This not only enhances security but also builds trust with patients and stakeholders.

Another crucial strategy is penetration testing. This involves simulating real-world cyberattacks to find and fix security weaknesses before they can be exploited. Regular penetration testing helps healthcare providers stay ahead of cyber threats.

Periculo's CREST penetration testing services are tailored to the healthcare sector. Our team of ethical hackers thoroughly evaluates the security of medical devices, EHR systems, and other critical infrastructure. We provide detailed reports and actionable recommendations to strengthen your defences.

As medical technology continues to evolve, so do the cybersecurity risks. Recent breaches in the healthcare sector highlight the need for robust cybersecurity measures. By adopting proactive strategies like Cyber Essentials and penetration testing, healthcare organisations can protect their systems and safeguard patient data.

At Periculo, we are dedicated to helping healthcare providers navigate the complex world of cybersecurity. Our comprehensive services are designed to address the unique challenges of the healthcare sector, ensuring that medical technology remains secure, reliable, and resilient.

For more information on how Periculo can help your organisation enhance its cybersecurity, contact us today.

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