Securing the IoMT: Protecting patient data and preventing device takeover is key to enabling the safe delivery of healthcare.
From providing remote monitoring and medicine delivery, to accelerating the discharging of patients, to supporting telemedicine, the devices and technologies you develop are at the center of healthcare. The demand for trust in these technologies from HDOs, physicians, regulatory agencies, payors, and patients is driving device manufacturers to address security at the beginning of the manufacturing process. Because as the IoMT grows, the potential for medical device security lapses from release through use grows too.
The devices you produce gather precious data and connect to other devices and systems, often over open hospital networks. Unsecured connectivity presents significant gaps in security. This means that for device manufacturers like you, it’s no longer just about building great hardware – the device you’re producing actually becomes defined by the software it’s running and the network it’s running on.
To get ahead of medical device security issues post-deployment, creating a secure foundation as early as the design phase using digital identities just makes good sense. Unique identities minimize the opportunity for a device to be compromised because it will be programmed with a cryptographic key associated to that distinct identity. And when firmware is designed correctly, it extends to all who touch it – allowing all of your stakeholders to communicate with the device securely and with confidence.
- Complete end-to-end lifecycle management for every certificate in your environment
- Compatibility with any operating system
- Remote operability for in-field updates and management
- Scalable security at the time of manufacture – setting you apart from your competition
- The capability for users to meet compliance requirements for HIPAA and other regulatory mandates
- Variety of libraries to assist with provisioning and ease of PKI deployment
Creating a secure foundation at the start of manufacturing just makes good sense. It’s during the design phase where you want to incorporate cryptography, binding digital identity, so it’s inherent in the device. But it’s not just the medical device manufacturer who’s on the hook – the healthcare provider or hospital must also put an identity on the device that aligns with the original identity from the device manufacturer. This is where getting the keystore right is imperative. When the firmware is designed correctly, it becomes extensible to all those in the device ecosystem – so the hospital can communicate with the device, the patient’s caregiver can communicate with the device, and so on.
CURRENT HEALTHCARE THREATS
Most people believe the greatest security threat from connected pacemakers, insulin pumps and other devices is data exfiltration. However, the real risk is a more disruptive attack — one that changes how the device performs, or if it performs at all.
Next is the challenge of large-scale interoperability. Patient care facilities are overwhelmed with the number of devices that need access to their network, including the EMR provider. They often aren’t even aware of all the devices that have access – providing an easier opportunity for hackers to infiltrate medical devices and systems.
Additional security threats include:
- Unauthorized access to devices
- Corrupt device coding
- Harm to a patient’s safety and health
- Loss of protected health information
- Stolen intellectual property
Our team of experts works with you to design a framework that aligns to your specific needs and objectives – to meet your timelines and ensure easy implementation:
- Provision a secure and unique identity for every device during activation
- Bind custom attributes to device identities without having to modify, revoke or reissue any certificate
- Centralized Root of Trust management of certificates, key stores, and trust stores across all devices, applications, servers, and services
- Firmware signing & secure boot workflow
- Available for embedded Android & native-C for real-time operating systems
- Cloud-hosted with the option for On-Premise deployment
- Time-tested SLAs with guaranteed response times
- Superior support team proven by 97% customer retention rate & direct client feedback
Keyfactor Control makes it easy and affordable to build in high-assurance security identity at every step of the IoMT device lifecycle.
Signing firmware and software updates are a critical best practice to ensure that the software installed in your devices is genuine.
Installation of Keyfactor Control and provisioning of a secure and unique identity during the device activation process.
Keyfactor Control empowers one-step automation of certificate and Root of Trust (RoT) management, and is available for embedded Android, and native-C for real-time operating systems.
Certificates, key stores, and trust stores across all devices, applications, servers and services within the IoT ecosystem.
Bind custom attributes to device identities without having to modify, revoke or reissue any certificate.
APIs and plug-ins allow the IoT ecosystem to authenticate device identities, and enforce granular access control based on extended attributes.
Proven in environments of 500-million devices, running either on-premise, in the cloud, or in a custom architected hybrid mode.
Includes a fully managed private PKI, and supports both internal certificate authorities as well as public issuers such as Certicom, DigiCert, and Entrust.
Incorporate encryption, authentication, and secure code signing within your IoT devices and applications using Keyfactor Control SDKs and APIs.
Value Added Product Differentiation: As some medical device manufacturer’s attempt to control security risks post-deployment, KeyFactor Control supports integrating scaleable security at the time of manufacture- setting you apart from your competition.
As a manufacturer of connected medical devices and healthcare IoT products, the medical professionals and the patients they serve are counting on you to build a product that will stay secure, every day, and with every use. Keyfactor Control empowers you to make it happen and frees you up to be efficient, responsive and budget conscious in the process.