Palo Alto Networks introduces new capabilities to protect medical Internet of Things (IoT) devices from cyberattacks.
The company launched Medical IoT Security, a comprehensive Zero Trust security solution dedicated to digital healthcare.
Zero Trust is the highest level of cybersecurity, requiring all internal and external users to be authenticated, authorized, and continuously verified before accessing applications and data.
The new Palo Alto Networks Medical IoT Security leverages machine learning to help organizations deploy and manage new connected technologies quickly and securely.
It can be integrated with existing medical information management systems such as AIMS and Epic Systems to help automate workflows.
This solution allows users to create device rules with automated security responses. For example, you can monitor behavior anomalies and trigger appropriate responses.
You can also enforce recommended least privilege access policies for medical devices with one click using Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls or supported network enforcement technologies.
This eliminates the need for error-prone and time-consuming manual policy creation and allows you to scale across a set of devices.
Other capabilities include understanding device vulnerabilities and risk posture for immediate insight, improving compliance with rules and guidelines, and validating network segmentation.
Additionally, Medical IoT Security seamlessly integrates with Palo Alto Networks cloud-delivered security services to provide threat protection.
Digital devices are widely used in the healthcare industry, especially for diagnostics and monitoring, including ambulance equipment and surgical robots.
However, according to research by Unit 42, the threat intelligence and consulting arm of Palo Alto Networks, 98% of all medical IoT device traffic is unencrypted and 57% of IoT devices are exposed to moderate or high severity attacks. vulnerable to
Anand Oswal, senior vice president of products for network security at Palo Alto Networks, said:
“For example, according to Unit 42, a staggering 75% of smart infusion pumps surveyed in hospital and healthcare networks had known security gaps.
“This can make security devices attractive targets for cyber attackers, exposing patient data and ultimately putting patients at risk.”
Medical IoT Security will be available from January 2023.