Medical Devices: Mitigating Cyber RisksKelly Rozumalski of Booz Allen Hamilton Discusses Top Concerns
As ransomware and other cyberattacks on healthcare organizations surge, the potential risks to medical devices are growing, says Kelly Rozumalski, director of secure connected health initiatives at the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, who discusses risk mitigation efforts.
"A vulnerable medical device can actually be used as an entry point to an entire hospital system, and the implications of this happening in a hospital setting are very severe," she says in an interview with Information Security Media Group.
"Critical information about a patient instantly becomes unavailable - something as simple as an allergy to a medication, a patient's blood type. There have even been situations where doctors have had to turn away patients after a ransomware attack."
In the interview (see audio link below photo), Rozumalski also discusses:
- The state of legacy medical device cybersecurity;
- Emerging issues tied to the growing use of telehealth and consumer wearable health devices;
- The importance of collaborative efforts in the healthcare sector aimed at improving medical device cybersecurity.
Rozumalski is a leader in Booz Allen's secure connected health initiatives and health cybersecurity portfolio. She applies more than a decade of experience to help clients identify and understand cyber risks, automate compliance for real-time insights into security weaknesses and mitigate vulnerabilities to reduce cyberthreats.