The Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) announced a partnership with McLean, Va.-based Booz Allen Hamilton to establish a benchmark of the medical device industry’s cybersecurity maturity and create resources to measure maturity over time. The benchmark will serve as a critical source of information and further enable the industry to continue to improve product security.

MDIC recognizes that healthcare is a critical infrastructure vital to the United States. Cybersecurity threats can have a debilitating effect on healthcare, national economic security, and national public health or safety. As such, MDIC is focused on making meaningful contributions to advance cybersecurity as it relates to medical devices. The goal of the Medical Device Cybersecurity Benchmarking Initiative is to measure cybersecurity maturity and benchmark across the industry to drive common improvements that reduce overall cybersecurity risk.

“Both the technical solution and the programmatic structure proposed by the Booz Allen Hamilton team is well aligned with the cybersecurity vision of MDIC and its stakeholders,” says Pamela Goldberg, MDIC president and CEO. “We look forward to working with their team to identify best practices in cybersecurity benchmarking that can be replicated by medical device manufacturers to ensure patient safety and security.”

Booz Allen Hamilton currently delivers advanced cyber solutions to the largest global medical device manufacturers. The company will engage with medical device manufacturers and operationalize the Joint Security Plan’s cybersecurity maturity model. The data will be collected, aggregated, analyzed, and ultimately shared in a benchmark report made public by MDIC. This foundation and baseline will enable individual medical technology companies, health delivery organizations (HDOs), and other stakeholders to more effectively establish long-term strategic plans to increase their cybersecurity maturity and efficiently track their progress.

“We are thrilled to partner with MDIC and the medical device industry to create evidence-based tools and a benchmark of cybersecurity maturity. This is a critical next step in the evolution of the unique partnership across the whole industry, building on the JSP. Booz Allen is committed to maximizing patient safety and the healthcare sector’s resiliency through innovations in technology and security,” says Kelly Rozumalski, who leads Booz Allen’s secure connected health initiatives and health cybersecurity portfolio across the defense, federal and commercial markets.