Many medical devices contain configurable embedded computer systems that are vulnerable to cybersecurity breaches. Interconnected via the Internet, hospital networks, other medical devices and smartphones, are at risk of cybersecurity breaches. Introducing malware into medical equipment or gaining unauthorized access to configuration settings in medical devices and hospital networks could affect how a medical device operates. Too often there is lax security regarding passwords, disabled passwords or hard-coded passwords for software intended for selected personnel such as maintenance, technical or administrative staff. Not regularly updating medical device and network software and ignoring vulnerabilities in legacy medical devices are other danger spots. In fact, medical device hackers could alter or shut off the settings of an insulin pump without the user’s knowledge and jam or disrupt glucose monitors remotely.
Unisys Stealth® innovative software-based security increases protection by making endpoints undetectable to unauthorized users and securing data-in-motion across any network. Only the right individuals have remote access to sensitive devices.