Medtech hacking: More security may compromise reliability, experts say

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 10:30am
Mass Device

Medical device companies warn that they may have to sacrifice some measure of efficiency and reliability in their devices in order to bolster cybersecurity measures.

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Medical device companies under increasing pressure to bolster cybersecurity measures warned that heightened security comes at a cost.

Adding new layers of security into devices like pacemakers and insulin pumps, which have proven hack-able in recent years, may require compromises in features like battery life, device makers told the Government Accountability Office.

The federal watchdog agency, which recently conducted a review of the state of medical technology information security preparedness, reported that some device manufacturers are beginning to consider hacking a potential safety risk but that they must make compromises to balance cyber-safety and reliability.


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