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Lack of AI security puts IoT medical devices in danger of cyberattacks

May 06, 2019 / John R. Fischer

A lack of AI-based security tools and inefficient protocols by staff has made healthcare internet-of-things (IoT) devices easy targets for cybercriminals, according to the Vectra 2019 Spotlight Report on Healthcare. The provider of AI detection tools for cybersecurity threats asserts in its findings that insufficient access controls, reliance on legacy systems and unpartitioned networks have left medical IoT devices vulnerable to hackings that could result in the theft of personally identifiable information (PII) and protected health information (PHI), as well as disrupt healthcare delivery processes. The report suggests that such risks could be mitigated with the inclusion of AI for detecting hidden threats in enterprise IT networks.