Improving medical imaging devices’ cybersecurity involves separating networked devices, further segregating attached workstations, and securing PACS servers, reports Security Intelligence

One problem that prevents inclusion of security in the early stages of these machines’ creation is the length of their lifecycle. Medical imaging equipment, such as MRI, ultrasound and CT scan machines, are built to last at least 10 years. Many units remain in operation well beyond 10 years. New medical imaging devices take many years to develop and are subject to regulatory approval along the way. The typical development cycle can span three to seven years, and often the makers of the machines do not build with cybersecurity in mind.

Cybersecurity for healthcare is a complex issue. Securing medical imaging devices and associated workstation servers requires considerable attention to a number of technical and cultural issues.

But members of the healthcare community do want to improve overall cybersecurity.

Read more at Security Intelligence.