One of the more heavily talked about topics in embedded device security is the increased use of smart meters on residential homes. These meters offer utility companies greater ability to monitor and manage the energy usage of their customers. It also opens us the possibility of tampering by those outside the utility company. While the meters are smarter, and promise the ability to be more eco-friendly, they also open up the possibility of malicious activity.Read More
In this week’s podcast, Mocana’s Threat Center Director Jay Radcliffe discusses medical device security with host Robert Vamosi.
At last summer's Black Hat and Defcon security conferences, Radcliffe drew parallels with the SCADA industry when he gave a personal account of his experience of having Type 1 diabetes and how various devices he uses control his diabetes could be manipulated by “evil doers." The insulin pump replaces the actions of the liver (which secretes sugar) and the pancreas (which secretes insulin). Too much blood sugar can overtax the kidneys and too little blood sugar can shut the body down. Radcliffe related these bodily processes to industrial SCADA systems which also regulate pressure in gas and electric utilities—too much and the system blows, too little and the electrical or water system shuts down.Read More