is 100% cybersecurity readiness possible? medical device pros weigh in

As medical devices become more connected and reliant on software, their codebase grows both in size and complexity, and they are increasingly reliant on third-party and open source software components. This forces security pros to address today’s rapidly evolving threat landscape.

In the hopes of helping security professionals better address cybersecurity and regulation, we conducted the 2022 Medical Device Cybersecurity: Trends and Predictions Survey Report, speaking to 150 senior decision makers who oversee product security or cybersecurity compliance in the medical device industry, to learn about their biggest challenges and how they plan to address them.

is 100% cybersecurity readiness possible? medical device pros weigh in

Remarkably, 99% of our respondents say that they are at least somewhat confident that they could manage a cyber attack — with a third of respondents calling themselves 100% confident. In addition, only 5% said that they believe their competitors are better prepared than their own business.

With the help of the data gathered in our research, we’re putting that declaration under the microscope, and asking — in today’s complex device development and delivery cycle, is it really possible to be 100% secure?

We used the data to look at different characteristics of cybersecurity readiness to learn where MDMs currently stand.

Putting 99% confidence in the spotlight

is 100% cybersecurity readiness possible? medical device pros weigh in

First, let’s look at the question of cybersecurity readiness from a risk exposure standpoint.

When asked which were their most exposed areas in device software security, 34% of respondents said that incident response is their largest gap. Without incident response — a business still has a way to go in its journey to achieve cybersecurity readiness. In addition, just 13% of companies said they have nothing to improve, far less than the 33% who estimated they are 100% ready.

Next, it’s essential to consider compliance, which is often assumed to be a “getting to zero” for security readiness. It’s notable that 37% of device security pros say compliance readiness is actually their most exposed area. While being compliant doesn’t automatically mean you are secure, it’s tough to be secure without being compliant first.

The regulation which respondents are the most compliant with is FDA’s Content of Premarket Submissions for Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices, and yet this is just 54% of companies, with 46% admitting they are not yet compliant.

is 100% cybersecurity readiness possible? medical device pros weigh in

As medical regulation around cybersecurity catches up with today’s complex device software ecosystem and new and emerging threats, it is likely that organizations will have a better benchmark with which to determine their security posture.

Cybersecurity testing tools: from design to post-production

At present 53% of medical device companies do not use binary code analysis to validate the security of their code or find risks in the supply chain. 46% are setting their security requirements in the design phase, while the remainder have no process in place for shifting left on security earlier in the process of development.

Survey results revealed that almost two-thirds of companies rely on a monthly testing schedule for their device firmware. Often, companies are using DAST and binary code analysis less frequently than that.

is 100% cybersecurity readiness possible? medical device pros weigh in

As organizations continue to integrate continuous testing in all stages of the device life cycle – from design and development to post-production, they will be able to remain vigilant in the face of emerging threats, and move towards greater cybersecurity readiness.

Start with vigilance, and readiness will follow

Currently, we can see that organizations are at different stages of testing and validation, they rely on a number of different tools and processes, and are still getting to grips with new regulations and evolving requirements.

Medical device security is an emerging field, with cybersecurity regulations only just starting to be updated and enforced. It will certainly be interesting to revisit these respondents two, five, or 10 years down the line and see what challenges they have overcome after the initial stages of their cybersecurity readiness journey.

The truth is, no matter the confidence levels, to always be 100% cyber secure is impossible, as both device software ecosystems and the cybersecurity landscape are constantly evolving. You may think you’re 100% secure for a moment, before a new vulnerability is discovered. The important thing is to be 100% vigilant.

With 99% of organizations seeing their budget growing in this area in 2022, teams building cybersecurity strategies need to make sure their cybersecurity practices are continuous and not periodical or reactive. Automating cybersecurity processes across the device development lifecycle can enable pros to address new risks, as they arise.

Interested in seeing the full picture? Download the 2022 State of Medical Device Security Survey Report.

Sponsored by Cybellum

Keyword: Is 100% Cybersecurity Readiness Possible? Medical Device Pros Weigh In

TECH'S NEWS RELATED

Samsung 49-inch Odyssey G9 gaming monitor is $700 off today, plus other deals

Samsung has some really great deals on monitors that could save you up to $700. If you’re in the market for a new monitor, or possibly a second monitor, check out these deals below from Amazon Canada. Samsung 49-inch Odyssey G9 Gaming Monitor for $1,298 (save $700) Samsung 27-inch ...

View more: Samsung 49-inch Odyssey G9 gaming monitor is $700 off today, plus other deals

Life can thrive around even the smallest stars, study claims

A starlight simulator (left) and when illuminated (right). Credit: La Rocca, et al Photosynthesis is probably the most important chemical reaction for life on Earth. It is the process plants use to transform sunlight into energy it can use. Through it, plants can produce carbohydrates they can use (and ...

View more: Life can thrive around even the smallest stars, study claims

Study shows how turtles have fared a decade after oil spill

Josh Otten, who graduated in May from UToledo with a Ph.D. in biology, holds a turtle while downloading data to his computer on the Kalamazoo River. Otten is lead author of a new study that confirmed turtles rehabilitated in the aftermath of an oil spill disaster 12 years ago ...

View more: Study shows how turtles have fared a decade after oil spill

Why wandering albatrosses get divorced: New research

Wandering albatross pair performing a courtship dance. Credit: Samantha Patrick, Author provided Monogamy is widespread among birds and it is well known that many seabird species mate for life. Famous examples include charismatic penguins and albatrosses which are often portrayed in the media as the perfect couples. But this ...

View more: Why wandering albatrosses get divorced: New research

ZTE Axon 30S brings in-display camera and SD870 for $238

ZTE Axon 30S specifications Gizchina News of the week Pricing and Availability ZTE certainly has its own spot in the market thanks to the under-display camera technology. The company has been a pioneer of this technology, and for the time being, is the only one actively betting on it. ...

View more: ZTE Axon 30S brings in-display camera and SD870 for $238

Netflix Opens New Games Studio

Netflix has established a brand new games studio in Helsinki, Finland. To help further the media giant’s position in the gaming industry, Netflix has established a brand new studio, which will operate from Helsinki, Finland. This decision comes after the team recently purchased several additional firms for its flourishing ...

View more: Netflix Opens New Games Studio

Struggling to make friends as an adult? Why you should try looking to older generations

Credit: fizkes / Shutterstock While loneliness can strike at many points throughout our lives, there are times when it is especially acute. Big transitions like leaving university, changing jobs or moving cities can make us feel isolated and socially excluded from the people around us. It can be difficult ...

View more: Struggling to make friends as an adult? Why you should try looking to older generations

Chickensplash! Exploring the health concerns of washing raw chicken

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Health experts recommend against washing chicken before cooking it because that can spread harmful bacteria. But if you’re among the nearly 70% of people who do, according to a survey of U.S. grocery shoppers, there are ways to make it safer. Many cooks continue to ...

View more: Chickensplash! Exploring the health concerns of washing raw chicken

Ancient footprints on UK beach record demise of biodiversity hotspot

Setchain, an application that multiplies by a thousand the number of transactions per minute in any blockchain

Old Google Photos Images Corrupted For Some Users

Lamborghini Ends Aventador Production, Again

NASCAR Claims Officials Didn't See Wreck Under Caution

The #1 movie on Netflix right now is basically a female-led version of John Wick

Not just for the gods: New insight on the use of cacao among the ancient Maya

Ubisoft unveils Rabbid Peach and Rabbid Mario figures

Elements To Consider When Selecting A CPQ Provider

ExpressVPN's First VPN Router Aims for Smart Home-Wide Privacy

Stablecoin Flows to Crypto Exchanges Bode Well for Market Recovery: Bank of America

Magnetic field helps thick battery electrodes tackle electric vehicle challenges

OTHER TECH NEWS

;