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Old legacy devices pose greatest security risk, experts say

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While ransomware is still the most significant healthcare security risk, medical device hacking is a concern that continues to grow. Just last week, the Department of Homeland Security issued a detailed warning about vulnerabilities in Medfusion’s Syringe Infusion Pump.At the HIMSS Media Healthcare Security Forum in Boston today, speakers described the many problems inherent in defending older legacy medical devices against new security threats.”In the medical device area, many of the devices, half if not more, are what we would consider legacy,” Jeff Livingstone, vice president at Unisys Enterprise Solutions, said at the forum. “It takes about 5 to 7 years or so for class 1 or class 2 devices to go from concept to market. It can take another year to clear FDA guidance. So theres a substantial delay between when protections are built in and when they make it to market.”

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