Medical device security firm Medigate said today that it is expanding into clinical IoT and general IoT devices.
The company developed and supports a medical device security and asset management platform designed to identify, tag and fingerprint individual medical devices beyond their IP address. Tags for devices are based on type, vendor and model, and allow for better visibility into types, vendors, protocols and operations systems, Medigate said. Now it says it can enable accurate and comprehensive device discovery, contextual and behavioral anomaly detection as well as clinical policy enforcement for health delivery organizations’ (HDO) entire clinical networks.
HDO requests for Medigate to identify and secure all devices connected to their networks spurred the move into clinical and general IoT, according to the New York-based company. The expanded solution starts with medical devices and then works its way outward to the various types of IoT found in healthcare and in corporate networks, such as nurses’ stations, smart beds, alarm systems and detectors; cameras; and HVAC systems. Now hospital networks can manage all connected devices and create automated, rule-based, clinically driven security policies from a single platform, the company added.
“As HDOs race to secure IoT devices connecting to their hospital’s network, our distinctive approach to identifying and securing medical devices provides us with a unique seat at the table,” said Medigate CEO Jonathan Langer in a prepared statement. “Our understanding of proprietary protocols provides hospitals with granular visibility, contextual anomaly detection and clinical policy enforcement so CISOs, IT, security and biomed departments have the tools they each need to ensure patients, PHI and the network remain safe.”
Healthcare, medtech and government stakeholders have been working together to improve medical device cybersecurity. The Healthcare & Public Sector Coordinating Council recently issued a joint security plan that calls for more vulnerability disclosures, notices of breaches, software and hardware upgrades and security patch availability. Companies would also need to notify customers before they end technical support for older devices.
In January, Medigate raised $15 million in a Series A financing round to support its medical device security and asset management platform. The round was led by newly invested U.S. Venture Partners and joined by previous investors YL Ventures and Blumberg Capital, the New York-based company said.