Fast Facts: Device Security In Healthcare Nearly Non-Existent

In the fast-paced IT industry, new statistics and data are released daily. Each Friday, Enterprise Mobility Exchange publishes Fast Facts, taking a look at interesting or noteworthy information impacting businesses.

A new report this week released by the Ponemon Institute – but sponsored by solution provider Synopsys – shows an incredible dearth in mobile security in the healthcare landscape.

According to Healthcare IT News, just 5% of users said they test medical devices annually, with just 30% of manufacturers and hospitals admitting they encrypt data on Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Adding insult to injury, only 15% of healthcare providers are taking “significant steps” to enhance security.

So what’s driving the non-existence of security in medical devices?

According to, the three reasons why eight out of 10 respondents said medical device security is difficult to achieve are:

  • Lack of knowledge and training in building secure code
  • Accidental coding errors
  • Pressure to meet production deadlines

Security in Healthcare will be one of many topics at the Enterprise Mobility Exchange: Healthcare event on June 12 and 13 in San Antonio, Texas at the La Cantera Resort & Spa, where c-level IT executives from across the industry – hospital networks, insurance companies, life sciences, and pharmaceuticals – will gather to network and share information in a confidential, peer-to-peer setting. Find out more about the event by visiting the website here.

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