The abundance of internet-connected devices that collect and share patient data has greatly increased the attack surface and the number of possible vulnerabilities within a system. In addition, today’s medical devices can connect to home-based routers, public Wi-Fi or cellular networks to relay data to hospitals, specialists, insurance companies and care providers. Electronic Health Records are highly valued on the dark web, so each connectivity scheme presents another potential point of entry for hackers.
Software programs run everything from medical monitoring devices to the network system that contains patient X-Rays, lab results, and history. The software in most IoT devices lacks even the most basic cybersecurity and can be updated and reprogrammed remotely. Thus, sensitive patient information is even more prone to data breaches, and the safety of the devices can be compromised. Recent supply chain attacks, and the migration of health applications and platforms to the cloud, also add to the threat equation.
The RunSafe Advantage
RunSafe Security’s Alkemist helps you avoid being the weak link by hardening software using RASP techniques such as binary stirring, control flow integrity, and stack frame randomization. These processes ensure that attackers can’t calculate in advance how to successfully execute their code. This can prevent an entire class of malware attacks related to memory corruption errors, buffer overflows, and zero-day exploits from disrupting life-saving healthcare devices in operation and sensitive patient data from being breached.