The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at the US’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has proposed a new project to provide guidance on securing picture archiving and communication system (PACS).
This project seeks to ensure the security of the PACS ‘ecosystem’ and will include the development of a secure reference design, which will help healthcare organisations implement more secure PACS solutions with stronger security controls.
NIST aims to publish a publicly available cyber security practice guide that will include a “detailed implementation guide” for secure PACS technology.
“The primary role of PACS is interaction with disparate medical imaging devices, interconnectivity with other clinical systems, and allowing a geographically and organisationally diverse team of healthcare professionals to review medical images to provide quality and timely patient care,” wrote the authors of the NIST proposal.
“Therefore, the threat landscape is broad. If not properly secured, vulnerabilities may be introduced into the PACS ecosystem, either affecting clinical information stored in the PACS environment or allowing malicious actors to leverage components within the ecosystem as pivot points into the integrated healthcare information system.
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