The Internet of Medical Things

Cyberprotection of Data, Equipment and Patient Health

The Internet of Medical Things is unique in the realm of IoT. In addition to the financial data and personal health records that can be exfiltrated through it, the medical IoT comprises therapeutic and diagnostic devices critical to patient health. An attack on the medical IoT that results in root access to a clinical device can be the functional equivalent of root access to a patient.

The primary identity of a medical device is rooted in its clinical function, not in its role as an IT endpoint. As such, the cybersecurity technologies that are applied to or built into a typical IT system are often unavailable on networked medical devices. This has led to the discovery of several high-profile medical device attack methods, or medjacks, that are now part of the standard cybercriminal arsenal.

Healthcare facilities are generally more accessible than other IoT environments, with guest access much less strictly monitored and controlled. This can lead to a variety of on-premises attacks, both wired and wireless, that circumvent perimeter defenses and target the network and devices directly.

The Thingate feature set was developed as a direct countermeasure to the vulnerabilities in the topologies, and computing characteristics of the medical IoT. Integrating Thingate as part of an enterprise security infrastructure protects the medical IoT from cyberattacks originating both on-premises and from elsewhere on the enterprise. Clinicians can be assured of the safe and authorized operation of the medical IoT, as medical devices are monitored and protected by Thingate.

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“By 2022, the Global IoT healthcare market is expected to reach $US 410 billion. Medical devices will be the fastest growing segment of this market with a CAGR of 28.3%.”

… Grandview Research