Survey: 35%+ of IoT-connected medical device companies faced recent cybersecurity issues

More than 35 percent of professionals in the Internet of Things-connected medical device ecosystem say their organizations have experienced a cybersecurity incident in the past year, a Deloitte survey shows.

The survey included responses from more than 370 professionals whose organizations operate in the medical device/Internet of Things ecosystem. Respondent organizations include medical device or component; healthcare IT organizations; medical device users; and regulators.

Here are three survey findings:

1. A little over one-third of respondents (30.1 percent) stated identifying and mitigating the risks of fielded and legacy connected devices is the industry's biggest cybersecurity challenge.

2. Other cybersecurity challenges include

●    Embedding vulnerability management into the design phase of medical devices (19.7 percent)
●    Monitoring and responding to cybersecurity incidents (19.5 percent)
●    Lack of collaboration on cyber threat management throughout the connected medical device supply chain (17.9 percent)

3. More than 18 percent of respondents said their organizations are "very prepared" to manage litigation, internal investigations or regulatory matters related to medical device cybersecurity incidents in the next year.

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