The connected medical devices require in the healthcare organizations and hospitals growing at a rapid pace. However, it representing a susceptible surface for a number of cyber-attacks.

Increasing the cyber risks even further, near 70% of medical devices will be using unsupported Windows OS by 2020. According to the report, Microsoft support for Windows Mobile, Windows 2008, or Windows 7 plans to expire by January 14.

However, running an unsporting OS increases a risk that may expose susceptibilities. And it has the potential to affect regulatory obedience.


In May 2017, the wanna cry ransomware attack hits near around 300,000 systems over 150 countries. It mostly targets Windows operating systems.

According to the Kaspersky report, near 98% of systems affecting by the ransomware who running Windows 7 OS. The main concern for healthcare sectors is the use of traditional operating systems with no longer upgraded.

To better understanding of risks of healthcare sectors, researchers analyzed near 75 healthcare deployments. It includes around 10,000 virtual LANs and around 1.5 MN connected devices.

The number of connected medical devices is increasing at a rapid pace. However, it includes patient tracking, imaging systems, infusion pumps, and identification systems. It also comprises some infrastructural devices.  It includes building automation systems, uninterrupted power supplies, physical security systems, and other systems that are joining IT networks.

According to the report, near 70% of OT security will be managed by the chief information security officer, up from around 35% today.

The huge adoption of the number of connected devices is generating serious problems. However, it expands the cyber attacks, creates high cybersecurity gaps and increases difficulties to scale security.

The common devices on healthcare networks are still around 53% of old computing devices followed by 30% IoT devices. However, it includes network printers, VoIP phones, smart TVs, and tablets. OT systems include critical care systems, medical devices, building information systems, contain around 8% of the medical devices networks.