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Medigate Launches Dedicated Medical Device Security Platform

By Ken Briodagh
February 13, 2018

In a recent announcement, Medigate launched its dedicated medical device security platform for healthcare providers, which the company is calling an industry first to secure medical devices that are connected to electronic medical records, enterprise networks and servers, and the internet.

The cloud-based security platform is designed to empower healthcare IT and security teams to protect enterprises, secure data and safeguard patient safety and privacy from malware, ransomware and advanced cyberattacks targeting networked medical devices.

Medigate provides three capabilities for effective IT security: visibility into all network connected devices, detection of potential threats and automated prevention of attacks. These capabilities are specifically designed for the healthcare industry.

Medigate will showcase the platform at the HIMSS Conference & Exhibition March 5-9, 2018 in Las Vegas.

“We’ve seen a rise in cyberattacks targeting the healthcare sector in recent years due to vulnerabilities within medical device networks. This creates a critical exposure within the patient-provider information flow, and can even affect the quality of patient care,” said Jonathan Langer, co-founder and CEO, Medigate. “We’ve built a security platform to tightly protect this patient-provider data so that both parties can rely on the accuracy of critical treatment plans and confidentiality of their personal and private information.”

Cybercriminals use backdoors and botnets to exploit devices and enter networks. For example, MEDJACK, first discovered in 2015, is an advanced zero-day attack, which hackers used to specifically target the health care industry, stealing valuable patient data. MEDJACK showed just how vulnerable medical devices like x-ray machines and MRI scanners are to attacks.

“In addition to triggering a host of network disturbances, data breaches pose a serious risk to patient safety, as attacks can lead to clinical errors, such as incorrect dosing and misdiagnoses of diseases,” said Langer. “Medigate’s security platform prevents intrusions such as MEDJACK and instills confidence in the privacy and safety of medical relationships.”

Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

Editorial Director

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