IoT Security for Connected
By Lee Goldberg
Securing connected medical devices presents an entirely new set of chal- lenges to the designer. They must
be able to communicate easily with each
other as well as with any cloud-based
resources they might be associated with.
At the same time, they must be hardened
against intrusion, data theft and potentially life-threatening tampering.
To get an insider’s perspective on Io T
security, MDT assembled a panel of industry experts and grilled them about the
potential threats, solutions, and the design
challenges they create.
MDT: What percentage of today’s connected
products are sufficiently hardened against
cyber-attack? What about medical devices?
Alan Grau, CEO, Icon Labs: HP
Labs did a study of new Io T devices and
found that 75% suffered from at least one
MAJOR vulnerability, and all devices
included in the study had vulnerabilities.
Based upon anecdotal information, very
few embedded devices include robust
cybersecurity protections [at the present
time]. That is improving as some com-
panies are starting to take cybersecurity
more seriously and build appropriate
defenses into the product.
MDT: Are there any risks or vulnerabilities
that are unique to medical devices?
John Howes, Io T & Security Strategist at NEu W: One of the biggest risks for
networked embedded devices in medical
applications is at the system and operational
Alan Grau, CEO, Icon
John Howes, Io T & Secu-
rity Strategist at NEu W
Mike Nelson, VP of Health-
care Solutions at DigiCert
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