Anesthesia devices are vulnerable to cyberattacks — 5 best practices for protection

The network-connected and interoperable medical devices that anesthesiologists depend on could be compromised by cyberattacks, according to Anesthesia Business Consultants President and CEO Tony Mira.

Five best practices when it comes to cybersecurity:

1. Ensure anesthesia machines are protected from cyberthreats by collaborating with your organization's CIO or health IT director.

2. Evaluate the current security measures for networked medical devices.

3. Continuously communicate with medical device manufacturers' product security teams.

4. Establish access controls for clinical and vendor support staff.

5. Implement device hardening, patching, monitoring and threat detection capabilities.

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