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Protecting medical devices from cyber attack #74337 08/07/19 12:15 PM
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If a Hospital buys medical equipment, they know that they have to manage the security and privacy of their patients, and therefore build defences to protect their networks, but what about the equipment itself?

How secure is our medical equipment, especially bluetooth enabled devices?
What are suppliers doing to stop devices becoming an inadvert 'back door' to private and confidential information?
Even worse, is the security sufficient to stop tampering with device settings?


Be Proactive and reactive.
Re: Protecting medical devices from cyber attack [Re: John Sandham] #74338 08/07/19 4:16 PM
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Never mind cyber attack ... what about passwords (as well as pump access codes) being left scribbled on Post-it notes? think

But think positive, John ... it's just another justification for maintaining in-house tech support, and the time-honoured tradition of having senior biomeds stride around their domain (hopefully with their eyes open) once every day or so.

Re: Protecting medical devices from cyber attack [Re: Geoff Hannis] #74339 08/07/19 4:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Geoff Hannis

Never mind cyber attack ...

Really?

The FDA (amongst others) would disagree...
https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/20...implants-can-be-hacked-fda-issues-alert/

Re: Protecting medical devices from cyber attack [Re: Huw] #74340 08/07/19 5:40 PM
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Presumably the FDA were the ones who allowed those devices to be marketed in the first place.

There's not much the front-line biomed can do about stuff like that. frown

Meanwhile, I have always cautioned against the Great Rush Forward to embrace whatever wuss-o-rama new technology is the current flavour of the month. Techniques used in medical equipment should be solid (well engineered, proven and resilient). After all, we are dealing with people's well-being (and sometimes their lives) - not the latest iPhone updates, or ticking "Likes" on social media.

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A decade or more ago, adding wireless capability to huge amount[s] of medical equipment looked like an easy win for convenience.

Unfortunately, security was low on the priority list and based on too many assumptions about likelihood and motive.


Organisations like the FDA are meant to be protecting us from such idiocy.

However - we can (and should) always be on the look-out for security breaches "nearer to home", of the type I have mentioned.

Re: Protecting medical devices from cyber attack [Re: John Sandham] #74351 11/07/19 9:08 PM
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