Federal regulators have recently issued three advisories on cybersecurity vulnerabilities identified in medical devices. Some experts say the spotlighted flaws are issues commonly found in legacy medical devices as well as other IT products.
This week's ISMG Security Report takes a close look at whether an iPhone hacking campaign may be linked to Android spying campaigns by China. Plus: Do ransomware gangs target organizations that have cyber insurance?
Security needs to be reinvented for the internet of things, and start-up companies can play a critical role, says Robin Saxby, the former CEO and founder of Arm Holdings, a U.K.-based semiconductor company, who now invests in start-up firms.
Healthcare organizations must actively manage their in-house medical internet of things to ensure that they can provide high levels of patient care while minimizing the inevitable risks posed by internet-connected medical devices, says Fortified Health Security's Dan Dodson.
Apple is opening up its bug bounty program to all researchers, increasing the rewards and expanding the scope of qualifying products in a bid to attract tips on critical software flaws. The changes were announced at last week's Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.
Microsoft warned on Monday that Russia-linked attackers are gaining access to corporate networks through poorly configured devices, such as office printers and VOIP phones. The remedy is paying more attention to deployed IoT devices, including establishing security policies and regular testing.
Researchers with Armis have disclosed 11 zero-day vulnerabilities in the VxWorks real-time operating system that is used in some 2 billion embedded devices. Of all the "Urgent/11" vulnerabilities, six of the flaws are considered critical.
Enumerating medical devices, identifying where the security risks lie and then implementing a multilayered defense plan to mitigate risks should be top priorities for healthcare organizations, says thought leader John Halamka, M.D., executive director for technology exploration at Beth Israel Lahey Health.
The federal government, device manufacturers and healthcare delivery organizations have all raised their games to address medical device security. Now it's time for patients - those truly impacted by devices - to have their say in the discussion, says Suzanne Schwartz, M.D., of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The traditional IAM strategy has been to tie individual users with a unique device. But that doesn't work in healthcare settings, where doctors and nurses often share multiple devices. Jigar Kadakia of Partners HealthCare talks about how he approaches this critical challenge.
Encouraged by the moves of medical device manufacturers, Jennings Aske, CISO of NY Presbyterian Hospital, says the "state of the union" of medical device security has improved dramatically. But what more is needed to mitigate risks?
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the debate over whether the government should require technology firms to use weak encryption for messaging applications. Plus, D-Link's proposed settlement with the FTC and a CISO's update on medical device security.
Findings from researchers who hacked Croatia-based vendor Zipato's smart hub controllers, which can manage networked locks, lights and security cameras, underscore the risks that can accompany home automation devices. "Smart home" vendor Zipato says it's fixed the flaws.