by Lisa Chamoff
, Contributing Reporter | November 30, 2020
Philips has introduced a vendor-neutral solution to safeguard its customers’ medical systems and devices from cyberattacks.
The company debuted its Philips Cybersecurity Services at the RSNA virtual annual meeting this week. It partnered with CyberMDX, a connected medical device security company.
The solution is an end-to-end suite of technologies and services that can be customized to help define and implement strategic and tactical software and device protection.
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As cybersecurity requirements evolve, the solution will include guidance on how to adapt to provide the best protection and support.
The services will initially be deployed in the U.S., with expansion to other parts of the world planned for 2021.
The solution stems from a new partnership with healthcare cybersecurity company CyberMDX, which specializes in hospital digital environment mapping and evaluation, medical device risk assessment, security prioritization, threat detection and intelligence, intrusion prevention, and related support.
"By partnering with CyberMDX, Philips can offer customers an end-to-end solution encompassing cybersecurity and maintenance," Conrad Smits, head of Global Services and Solutions at Philips, told HCB News. "CyberMDX can provide hospitals with unparalleled visibility into their medical environments, enabling proactive management of security risks of connected medical devices. This capability complements Philips' ability to help hospitals address these risks cost-effectively, by integrating cybersecurity workflows and vendor-neutral technical maintenance workflows into a single efficient and effective workflow."
“Both CyberMDX and Philips strive to make healthcare a safer place by continuously building out more robust cybersecurity solutions,” said Amir Magner, cofounder and chief executive officer of CyberMDX in a statement. “Our industry leading multi-vendor Healthcare Security Suite works to protect all connected devices in hospital environments, whether managed or unmanaged, by leveraging a combination of risk assessment, detection, threat intelligence and prevention capabilities.”
The Philips Cybersecurity Services include cybersecurity consulting, with security experts providing risk and vulnerability assessments of customers’ medical systems, as well as regulatory compliance support and guidance for seamlessly integrating security response and recovery across suppliers.
There are also technology and service offerings that make sure systems are kept secure while minimizing downtime through software upgrades to the latest security standards, medically validated OS patching, and network segmentation.
The solution includes 24/7 monitoring with fast responses to threats and recovery workflows and auditing of procedures and data, looking into a hospital’s security profile, indicating its strengths and potential vulnerabilities.