With the increase of IoMT popularity, we are also noticing an increase in security threats. Hackers are increasingly targeting public institutions in the U.S., and the main targets are usually hospitals.
In the last few years, cyberattacks on healthcare institutions have caused several problems. They disrupted many of their vital services, caused financial losses, and lowered patient confidence in the entire healthcare system. They’ve also posed risks to the very safety of patients’ health.
When it comes to IoMT, there are two important aspects we need to consider: the physical threat and the privacy risks.
Privacy risks are already being exploited at large hospitals that have weaker cybersecurity systems. However, with the increased use of IoMT, patients’ information is more at risk than ever.
On another note, the physical threat is more problematic as breached smart devices can cause significant health problems, and can even lead to death. Pacemakers are the most obvious problem here, as they can create the most severe problems for their users, including death.
All in all, hackers are not going to stop exploiting the lack of security in healthcare institutions and IoMT devices. It’s thus essential to focus on improving the effectiveness of IoT security in the medical industry.
The developers and manufacturers of IoMT devices need to focus more on improving the security of their devices. The hacking community will continue to target them and will also continue to evolve and improve their methods. IoT security needs to follow, if not surpass that improvement.