There are a few significant challenges healthcare delivery organizations face in protecting their networks from security threats. The first is the trend of the escalating frequency of vulnerabilities found in networked medical devices.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency recently released ICS Medical Advisory (ICSMA-21-084-01), which focuses on a specific vulnerability found in the Philips Gemini PET/CT family of scanners, which store patient data in detachable media without access control.

Legacy medical devices such as this particular line of PET/CT scanners layer further complications onto the problem of unsecured PHI storage; many of the vulnerabilities affecting these devices are difficult if not impossible to remediate, given their irregular and sometimes unsupported operating systems.

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