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Patient Safety is in the Hands of Medical Device Apps

People entrust their personal safety and lives to medical devices every day – from pacemakers and insulin pumps to hospital infusion pumps and other devices. However, medical devices are highly vulnerable to compromise because apps that drive the medical devices are insufficiently protected. One of the most prevalent medical device application security vulnerabilities is a lack of binary protection, which can allow for unauthorized access to critical controls and data. The risk is not hype – it’s real. In July 2015, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about infusion pumps that were installed in more than 400,000 hospitals, which were discovered to be remotely hackable. Such devices could have been maliciously taken over to deliver lethal doses of medication to patients receiving IV drips. The security risks and safety hazards continue to escalate.

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