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Hackers Will Try to Penetrate Connected Devices
Q: What is the greatest challenge in developing connected medical devices?
The inherent insecurity of many medical devices was highlighted in a recent FDA and Homeland Security alert. Over 300 devices have been identified that utilize a hard code password creating a huge security loophole. This is akin to putting a safe in a public park with the combination written on a sticky note attached to the safe. Opening the safe and taking its contents may be stealing, but there is little to deter a would-be thief.
Medical devices are increasingly connected, perform critical functions, and frequently store patient data and other private information. Protecting these devices from cyber-attacks is imperative, but not easy. Medical devices are specialized systems and require security solutions designed specifically for these types of devices. As a result, existing PC based security solutions won’t work, adding to the challenge for engineers implementing security.