Waukesha, Wis.-based GE Healthcare has introduced a new cybersecurity service that brings together medical device expertise, artificial intelligence, and process management tools to help hospital groups in their fight against cybersecurity threats. The new offering, called Skeye, augments hospitals’ existing resources and capabilities by providing proactive monitoring through a remote security operations center (SOC)—helping them detect, analyze and respond to cybersecurity threats and events in real time.    

As more devices become connected, cybersecurity risk increases—and security incidents can profoundly impact an organization’s productivity, finances, quality of care, and reputation. In 2018 alone, 82% of hospital technology experts reported a “significant security incident,” with the average data breach costing $3.86 million.

GE Healthcare’s Skeye aims to address those risks by providing customers with a complete medical device security assessment to help identify risks and vulnerabilities, recommended action plans, remediation advice, and execution strategies—facilitating collaboration across customers’ clinical engineering, IT and security teams. Additionally, AI tools will automate connected device inventory and equipment risk profiling throughout a hospital to create a dynamic management system for device onboarding and decommissioning, GE officials say. 

“Our customers need visibility to what medical devices are connected to their networks and the right resources to mitigate potential threats. This new offering provides customers with 360˚ threat visibility and a resolution roadmap to help defend and protect against vulnerabilities,” says Matt Silva, chief information security officer, GE Healthcare. “Our security operations center can augment customers’ in-house security teams by addressing cybersecurity events, as well as providing the latest information on malware and other malicious threats.”

GE Healthcare’s Skeye utilizes AI-enabled tools together with the security operations center to analyze, monitor, and help manage cybersecurity vulnerabilities. As a vendor-agnostic solution, Skeye helps protect networked medical devices, regardless of age, OEM or operating system. Its 360˚ coverage starts with risk assessment and moves to real-time networked device discovery. Moreover, a SOC team provides monitoring and threat detection and remediation for connected medical devices under a GE Healthcare service contract.

“We strongly believe that security is a shared responsibility across various stakeholders, and with this new solution, hospitals will now have access to a range of proactive and reactive cybersecurity services to support their own security programs,” adds Silva. 

Skeye is currently available to customers in the U.S. Further details on the offering can be found here.