As we push toward EHR (electronic health records), an appliance like this can monitor all the devices that will become vulnerable to attack, from MRI scans at one hospital site being accessed by another hospital, to a doctor sending a prescription to the pharmacy.
Cutting ties to the cloud, on a personal note
Speaking of cutting the ties. As you might guess, as a writer, I like to write all kinds of stuff. Well, after years of hassles with my PC -- crashes, must-have security-update reboot messages every time I sit down at my desk, and the like -- when all I want to do is write, I cut the ties last week, disconnecting my PC from the Internet. Now it is essentially an electronic typewriter, and I'm loving every minute of it. I don't need security updates because as far as the Internet is concerned, I no longer exist.
Even computer crashes that could not be directly blamed on being connected have stopped dead -- not one crash, not one stupid message. Every day when I sit down at the PC, it is just where I left it. Nothing goes wrong. Yes, on occasion I have a knee-jerk reaction to look something up on the Web, but I curb that desire and wait until I can get to another PC in the house.
Cutting the umbilical cord with the network allows me to focus without self-made distractions, like looking up on Google every random thought I have, to distractions that have become part of the DNA of computing, pop-ups, updates, uploads, IMs, tweets, and all the rest.
It's liberating. Try it.