By Katie Jennings
The average hospital room can have dozens of connected devices—ranging from MRI machines to security cameras. That can make it a challenge for healthcare systems to monitor activity, especially since institutions tend to accrue equipment over time, meaning a state-of-the-art sensor is on the same network as a decade-old infusion pump running an ancient version of Windows. That opens up an exponential number of cybersecurity threats.
These threats aren’t hypothetical. In May, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned of targeted attacks on healthcare organizations by malicious actors looking to exploit the Covid-19 pandemic. That’s where Medigate comes in. The New York-based cybersecurity startup monitors medical device traffic in hospitals and identifies security vulnerabilities.