Robert Hudock Quoted in Article “Assess Medical Devices’ Vulnerability to Cyber Attacks to Prevent Patient Harm”

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Robert Huduck, a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the Washington, DC, office, was quoted in an article titled "Assess Medical Devices' Vulnerability to Cyber Attacks to Prevent Patient Harm."

Following is an excerpt:

Take steps to protect your hospital's medical devices from hackers, viruses and other cyber-security problems now that The Joint Commission has begun to focus on those devices' vulnerability to data breaches. ?...

Moreover, many of these devices also are moving to consumer-grade technology, such as Bluetooth, making them easier to infiltrate, notes Robert Hudock, a certified "ethical hacker" as designated by the International Council of e-Commerce Consultants.

Medical devices are also more vulnerable to a security breach than a hospital's computer network, because hospitals often don't monitor them for viruses, install available security patches or use antivirus software on them, Hudock says. ?...

"Anyone can intercept and attack medical devices," he warns. ?...

Conduct vulnerability assessments of your medical devices. "Don't assume that they are secure," Hudock says. ?...

For example, if doctors and others can use their personal smart phones to access the network, the network is less secure, warns Hudock. ?...

Include medical device security in staff training. "You've got to better educate end users on how to keep these things secure," says Hudock.