Hospitals that want to improve network security should carefully assess the hundreds of medical devices they’re using, including fetal monitors, medical imaging devices, electrocardiographs, lasers and gamma cameras, to name a few.

Some devices hold a sizable amount of data that can be hacked; others don’t have much data, but can increase network vulnerability. Infusion pumps, for instance, don’t have a lot of data but are a gateway to the network and “have become the poster child for medical device security gone wrong,” says Stephanie Domas, an ethical hacker and lead medical device security engineer at Battelle, a large research and development organization.

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