Medical Devices: Care Benefits vs. Cybersecurity Risks

Manufacturers of connected medical devices need to more carefully consider the compromises they make in balancing the usability benefits to patient care versus the cybersecurity risks, says security researcher Billy Rios. Rios and his colleague, Jonathan Butts of the security research firm WhiteScope have released preliminary findings of a study that examined the security of the implantable cardiac devices and related systems from four vendors. The research turned up over 8,000 "known vulnerabilities" in pacemaker systems and related third-party software...