Connected Medical Devices with Poor Cybersecurity Measures Pose Risks to Patients, Says IoT Research

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Peras IoT Research Hub and UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering have collaborated to produce a report about IoT. Their report highlights that poor cybersecurity in IoT medical devices poses risks not only to the infrastructures but also the patients’ wellbeing.

According to the duo’s research, there is more work needed in order to enhance the security of today’s connected systems. It noted that medical devices, such as monitoring devices, drug administration devices, cardiac pacemakers, glucometers, blood pressure measurement devices, defibrillators, and infusion pumps assist in patient care. However, it also said that the connectivity that is inherent in these devices may also bring potential risks.

The cyber safety and resilience report said that cyber attacks on these medical devices may result to “severe consequences” on the safety of the patients, which may even result in a patient’s injury or even worse. “The health sector and other sectors can learn from each other in developing an approach to creating high-quality devices and systems,” recommends the team in its study.

The research said that in order to improve the cybersecurity of these medical devices, the products should be built “secure by default.” The other recommended measures are that the government should work with other institutions and Internet of Things product manufacturers to build an umbrella agreement that set the global specifics for security and integrity of the IoT devices.