80% of medtech firms suffered a cyber attack in the past five years
Survey finds that just 18% of organizations believed their medical device security was strong
The security company surveyed senior executives at Fortune 1000-sized US-based companies working in the medical device sector to assess their cyber security stance.
Responses to the survey suggested a high level of confidence in medical IoT security among just one in five companies, with 18% believing their medical device security was strong. Slightly fewer (13%) believed they were well-prepared to mitigate future risks, while 18% weren’t prepared at all.
These responses correlated with the rate of reported security incidents. The survey found 80% of companies suffered at least one cyber attack in the past five years, with over two-thirds (67.5%) sustaining multiple attacks.
Poor cyber security is often linked to a lack of visibility, as you can’t manage what you can't see. Most companies (78%) found device inventory management problematic, often because of bureaucracy. Many failed to patch the devices they could see, warned the report. And if they did patch them, they used inefficient and possibly dangerous methods, such as passing patches around on USB keys.
Security analytics for your multi-cloud deployments
IBM Security QRadar SIEM solution briefDownload now
Most companies want to mitigate their medical device cyber security problems by turning to the cloud, with 48% advocating for this solution. This clashes with a separate Trend Micro survey that revealed significant cloud adoption challenges, including privacy and security concerns.
When assessing the importance of cyber security, companies concentrated heavily on compliance rather than the risk of business disruption or financial losses. Of the respondents, 80% cited regulatory requirements as a driving factor for cyber security, with just over two-thirds pointing to brand protection as an issue. Only 2.5% worried about ransomware or financial losses.
Understanding those regulations was not universal, with 40% saying they had a good handle on new cyber security rules. Another 45% said their cyber security knowledge was adequate. A worrying 15% claimed to have no knowledge of regulations at all. Some companies were escalating regulatory compliance to board level, while others called in their legal teams. Other companies working with medical devices focused on external help.
How to be an MSP: Seven steps to success
Building your business from the ground upDownload now
The smart buyer’s guide to flash
Find out whether flash storage is right for your businessDownload now
How MSPs build outperforming sales teams
The definitive guide to salesDownload now
The business guide to ransomware
Everything you need to know to keep your company afloatDownload now