HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Guest Blogs
Medical Device Vulnerabilities: What to Protect & How to Protect It
2/19/2013

Return to Article

View Comments: Oldest First|Newest First|Threaded View
Page 1/2  >  >>
Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Valuable information
Ann R. Thryft   2/19/2013 3:43:36 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks for this article. We've had several discussions on the site about hacking medical devices, and this is valuable info on several ways they can be vulnerable.

Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Valuable information
Cabe Atwell   2/19/2013 5:09:57 PM
NO RATINGS
This is why medical devices are so expensive, the copious levels protection. When it comes to lives at risk, everything should be considered for testing. I'm not a big advocate of IP protection, but foreign companies are always looking to copy top-dollar products.

C

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Secure OS?
Charles Murray   2/19/2013 7:51:12 PM
NO RATINGS
Alan, I'm curious how important it is to have a secure operating system for some of these medical devices. We often see operating systems decribed in terms of levels or security -- what level of security should designers aspire to?

Nancy Golden
User Rank
Platinum
Layered Strategies and the Need For It
Nancy Golden   2/20/2013 9:32:23 AM
NO RATINGS
Interesting article - the layered strategy makes good sense as well as not advertising any specifics about the security methods that are in place. A lot of what was said applies to technology in general as well. Too bad we can't direct the energy and innovation that must be used to make products secure to enhance perofrmance instead. Malicious attacks on medical devices is a sad statement of our society - but then, I have never understood why so many hackers waste so much time and energy to cause problems when they could direct their abilities towards doing good and contributing to society with their accomplishments...

TJ McDermott
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Valuable information
TJ McDermott   2/20/2013 10:07:00 AM
NO RATINGS
Cabe, I would posit that it is overall cost of liability that makes medical equipment so expensive.  The risk of ANY failure is too great.

Having some personal data get out poses a very low risk to life.

NadineJ
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Valuable information
NadineJ   2/20/2013 4:13:14 PM
NO RATINGS
I agree.  This very valuable info and very timely.  

The general public may be more comfortable with less privacy in social media but not with their medical data.

Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Valuable information
Cabe Atwell   2/20/2013 4:51:06 PM
NO RATINGS
If medical history wasn't important, politicians wouldn't get so worried over it. I say leaked data is a big deal.

C

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Valuable information
Ann R. Thryft   2/20/2013 5:38:28 PM
NO RATINGS
The high cost of medical devices is due in part to a longer history of liability problems than of leaked data, a much more recent concern. Other factors like very high performance and the high cost of middlemen no doubt contribute yet more cost. But I think Cabe's point about leaked data is a good one--that's probably going to be a contributing factor to higher device costs in the near future.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Valuable information
Charles Murray   2/25/2013 7:47:58 PM
Good point, NadineJ. Hackers could misuse information about communicable diseases and psychiatric treatment (among other things) to cause to a great deal of trouble for unsuspecting patients.  

Greg M. Jung
User Rank
Platinum
Malicious Intent
Greg M. Jung   2/27/2013 8:18:27 PM
NO RATINGS
From a patient safety standpoint, I'm not as concerned with the pirating of medical information as I am about a hacker who infiltrates the medical device with malicious intent.  I think we should consider ways to mitigate hacker risk if a medical device is connected to a network and could be vulnerable to an attack on its operating system (where applicable).

Page 1/2  >  >>
Partner Zone
More Blogs from Guest Blogs
Because of the increasing ubiquity of wearable technology, it would be easy to think that design of wearable devices is routine and involves common design and engineering knowledge. Missed efforts in development will be remembered once the devices are used in the field
As governments, associations, and NGOs around the world seek to protect consumers, national and regional standards are becoming mandatory, challenging manufacturers and making testing and certification necessary for any product developed and brought to market.
Manufacturers of plastic parts recognize the potential of conformal cooling to reduce molding cycle times. Problem is, conformal molds require additive manufacturing (AM), and technologies in that space are still evolving. Costs also can be high, and beyond that, many manufacturing organizations lack the knowledge and expertise needed to apply and incorporate additive technologies into their operations.
Machine vision and video streaming systems are used for a variety of purposes, and each has applications for which it is best suited. This denotes that there are differences between them, and these differences can be categorized as the type of lenses used, the resolution of imaging elements, and the underlying software used to interpret the data.
In the face of growing challenges for embedded technology engineers, designers should actually be designing for a new IoT -- the Internet of Tomorrow.
Design News Webinar Series
3/31/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
2/25/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
5/7/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
May 4 - 8, Designing Low Power Systems using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Last Archived Class
Sponsored by Proto Labs
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service