Nokomis Awarded Grant to Help Prevent Cyber Attacks at Healthcare Institutions

Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting healthcare institutions. Innovative solutions to combat the threat are needed by medical device manufactures, hospitals, and government agencies. Nokomis has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant totaling $149,782 to repurpose Nokomis’ Hiawatha Radio Frequency (RF) sensor to detect cyber-attacks on networked medical devices and to prevent disruptions to critical healthcare infrastructure.

Cyber-attacks have closed several hospitals and health care centers in United States, United Kingdom, Spain, and France. These attacks have delayed surgical operations, required redirecting of new patients to other facilities, and prevented access to medical data. In 2017 Health and Human Services declared that the state of healthcare cybersecurity is in critical condition.

“There are few areas where our team can make such a significant contribution. The cyber-security of our health care system is critical. We’re humbled that the NIH has selected our team to develop this solution.” Walter J. Keller, Chief Executive Officer, Nokomis Inc.

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“Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R43GM126614. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.”

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