The Internet of Things is encircling every industry inside its spectrum, providing an unimaginable connectivity and convenience. When we look at the initial benefits the advantages seem immense, but does it serve the actual purpose.
The Internet of Thing allows us to track our fitness goals, check our homes from remote locations, and control every simple and complex aspect of our lives. But is it worth it? Before concluding anything, it is essential to consider the downsides as well. The Internet of Things connects every device to a computer server. The device then transfers the data to the server making it vulnerable to cyber threats.
For many, this may not seem a big deal. For instance, if someone hacks into your fitness device the result may not be devastating. What would a person do by knowing the number of footsteps you walk every day? However, when it comes to medical devices, the reports and data of patients are crucial. So, without wasting much time, let’s see how the Internet of Things poses a serious threat to the medical industry.
Let’s start with the medical records. The information inside the medical report must be kept confidential. Such documents contain social security number and bank account information, and if hacked it can have severe consequences. If the medical organization wants to back-up such data, they should ensure stout security solutions which are rare.
Today, a plethora of health institutions aim to manage their customer records electronic. It means that the technology will involve shared access to files. This, in turn, has opened new gates of possibilities. Imagine if they get their hands on the bulk of patient data. The results can be devastating.
The situation even becomes worse if a hacker manages to interfere with the data sent by the medical devices to the server. They can alter the patient’s data and also stop the machine from operating. For instance, let us assume that a ventilator machine dashboard is breached. It can put hundreds of lives in danger, and provide the hackers with information to hack similar devices inside a health institute’s premises. If one such device gets hacked, the patient will be left helpless, and the result can be fatal.
Needless-to-say, the Internet of Things has offered us a new level of convenience. The technology is best to in different industries, but safety initiations must be taken before the full implementation of technology.