In-brief: The FDA as approved a software update to software security holes in pacemakers made by Abbott. But doctors and patients will have to weigh the risks of apply the patch.
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In-brief: A BBC article profiles an information security expert who finds herself the bearer of an implanted pacemaker, raising issues about the risks and benefits of new, connected health devices.
In this Spotlight Podcast, sponsored by Synopsys: In the wake of a presentation at Black Hat about security flaws in implantable pace maker devices, Synopsys Principal Consultant Dan Lyon joins us to talk about why medical device makers struggle to make their connected medical devices more secure. Dan and I discuss some of the flaws in the approach that medical device makers take to security, and how manufacturers can take a page out of their own book: applying the same standards to cyber security as they do to – say- device safety.
In-brief: Fewer than one in five managers say their company is ready for the challenge of securing the Internet of Things, and global consulting firm McKinsey says that CEOs need to get a plan, fast.
Software used to remotely program implantable cardiac devices by a number of vendors is rife with exploitable software vulnerabilities that leave the devices vulnerable to attacks and compromise, according to a report by the firm Whitescope Inc.