Feds Warns Medical Device Manufacturers On Security Practices

By Robert Vamosi | 6/14/13 2:59 AM

New guidelines from the FDA are an attempt to get the healthcare industry to take the necessary steps to prevent various forms of cyber attacks.

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Podcast: Jay Radcliffe on Medical Device Security

By Robert Vamosi | 5/11/12 3:43 AM

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.

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