Dick Cheney famously turned off the wireless connection to his pacemaker for fear that hackers would attack and disable it – the vulnerability of networked medical devices has been the subject of hacker conference presentations for a number of years now. A recent episode of “Homeland” stirred up this concern, and now a report by Europol has industry talking again – this time about “ransomware” attacks. A recent article in FierceMedicalDevices details concerns about hackers’ ability to disable networked devices in order to extort payments. For sure, the networked “internet of things” has its downside.
Testing and validation is one important component of your overall security strategy – that’s why TransPerfect Medical Device Solutions includes software testing services, to help ensure that your device is operating safely AND securely.