Security Essential for IoT and Networked Medical Devices

Intel Security, Atlantic Council Report on Challenges, Opportunities of Healthcare Internet of Things

Washington, D.C. — March 18, 2015 — Networked medical devices linked to the Internet of Things (IoT) hold tremendous promise if security is built in from the outset, according to a new report released today by Intel Security and the Atlantic Council.

The Healthcare Internet of Things: Rewards and Risks explores security challenges and societal  opportunities for networked medical devices, including those that are wearable, temporarily ingested or even embedded in the human body for medical treatment, medication, and general health and wellness. The report makes recommendations for industry, regulators, and the medical profession to help them maximize the value to patients while minimizing the security challenges originating in software, firmware, and communications technology across networks and devices.

Networked medical devices may improve fitness, medical outcomes and quality of life. According to the report, one estimate of these technologies could save $63 billion in healthcare costs over 15 years with a 15-to-30 percent reduction in hospital equipment costs. However, the report finds the benefits of networked healthcare come with several main areas of concern: theft of personal information, intentional tampering with devices to cause harm, widespread disruption and accidental failures.

“Networked healthcare can make the Internet of Things very personal,” said Pat Calhoun, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Network Security at Intel Security. “When a networked medical device is connected to a person, the health information that can be exchanged may dramatically improve healthcare, but the consequences of privacy and network security intrusions are equally real. Security should be built into the whole healthcare ecosystem, from the device, to the network, to the data center.”

The report provides several recommendations intended to help foster innovation while reducing  security risks, including:

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Sal Viveros
Intel Security

Trish Rimo
RH Strategic

Madeleine Levey Lambert
Atlantic Council