Securing Medical Devices and IoT

I know it’s easy to be distracted by COVID-19 right now, but it’s important to remember that many of the challenges we faced pre-COVID-19 are still around and need to be managed effectively even as we deal with the pandemic.  One of those ongoing challenges is properly securing medical devices and IoT.

In fact, one could argue that this challenge has become even harder amidst COVID-19 as more IoT devices are being implemented in healthcare and the risk surface is increasing as we add more and more endpoints that can be exploited.  Plus, it’s no news to anyone in healthcare that many medical and IoT devices weren’t designed with security in mind.

In order to better understand this problem and how a healthcare organization should be approaching it, we sat down with Renee Tarun, Deputy CISO at Fortinet and Michael Archuleta, CIO at BridgeCare Health Network – Mt San Rafael.

In this wide ranging discussion we discuss the following questions:

  • How has COVID-19 impacted healthcare security?
  • What are you seeing in the marketplace regarding securing the growing target of IoT and medical devices?
  • What are the unique challenges to securing IoT devices in healthcare? How do we ensure we’re securing them properly?
  • Many breaches happen by providers, how do we mitigate the risk of people breaching the system?
  • How does Fortinet use its tools to secure Fortinet (Fortinet on Fortinet)?
  • How do you approach securing a medical device where the device manufacturer isn’t willing to do the proper device updates?

If you want to better understand how to secure medical devices and IoT in your healthcare organization, you’ll enjoy the following video discussion:

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This interview is part of the #HealthIT100in100.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference,, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.