Many medical device makers appear to building better cybersecurity into their products, but some manufacturers are still avoiding fixing vulnerabilities in legacy devices that pose potential safety risks, says security researcher Billy Rios, who discusses the latest flaws in some Medtronic cardiac devices.
As the HIPAA security rule turns 20, it's time for regulators to make updates reflecting the changing cyberthreat landscape and technological evolution that's happened over the past two decades, says security expert Tom Walsh.
Hubris has a new name: Bitfi. The cryptocurrency wallet-building company, backed by technology eccentric John McAfee, earned this year's not-so-coveted Pwnies Award for "Lamest Vendor Response" for how it mishandled security researchers' vulnerability disclosures. Bitfi has promised to do better.
The hacking of an email account of a medical clinic employee during travels overseas demonstrates the risks posed to data when workers travel. Security experts offer insights on mitigating those risks.
Numerous technology firms now offer facial biometrics recognition search tools for big data sets. But information security expert Alan Woodward warns that these big data sets must be "considered and regulated very heavily" or else we'll be "living in 1984 without knowing it."
A lack of standards spelling out to manufacturers their responsibilities for addressing the cybersecurity of their medical devices - especially legacy products - has left a big burden on the healthcare entities that use these devices, says Cletis Earle, CIO at Kaleida Health.
A House committee that asked the healthcare sector for feedback on how to improve the cybersecurity of legacy medical devices has received some very strong opinions on the subject. Find out what commenters had to say.
The FDA should consider some sort of measuring stick when assessing a vendor's cybersecurity culture to determine if it qualifies for the agency's proposed fast-path program for premarket approval of "software as a medical device" products, some industry stakeholders say.
The Department of Homeland Security has issued two more alerts about cyber vulnerabilities in certain medical devices. The stream of recent advisories is helping to draw more attention to the importance of addressing device security. But healthcare providers face the challenge of tracking and mitigating all risks.
RSA's most recent Quarterly Fraud Report shows that "newsjacking" is increasingly empowering phishing attacks, says Angel Grant, RSA's director of identity fraud and risk intelligence. The report also shows a continuing surge in mobile app fraud.
How much progress has the healthcare sector made in the last 10 years addressing medical device cybersecurity issues? And what action is still needed? Ben Ransford, a principal researcher in a groundbreaking 2008 report about cardiac device cyber risks, offers his assessment.
Following reports about U.S. companies that enable government and other users to access real-time tracking information for all major U.S. wireless carriers' subscribers, provider Securus Technologies has reportedly been hacked, while LocationSmart has fixed a data-exposing flaw.
Fitbit and Google say they are collaborating to accelerate innovation and "transform the future" of digital health and wearables, leveraging cloud computing. Some observers, however, say the partnership also raises privacy, security and patient safety questions.