83% of Medical Imaging Devices Run on Unbacked Operating Systems
HITInfrastructure | March 13, 2020
1.2 million IoT devices in thousands of physical locations across enterprise IT and healthcare organizations in the US. Researchers found that the over 50 percent jump was due to the Windows 7 operating systems reaching its end of life, leaving hospital organizations vulnerable to attacks that could disrupt care or expose sensitive medical information. High-profile, IoT-focused cyberattacks force industries to recognize and manage the risks associated with deploying IoT devices to protect their core business operations. The healthcare industry is exposed to a significant amount of risk. Experts stressed that there are many emerging trends that organizations must be aware of. For example, 98 percent of all IoT device traffic is unencrypted. This exposes personal and confidential data on the network and gives attackers the ability to listen to encrypted network traffic, collect personal, or confidential information, then exploit the data for profit on the dark web.