BlackBerry CSO: Medical devices need warnings to stop hackers killing

Hackers are posing a serious threat to human life, with BlackBerry CSO David Kleidermacher urging the healthcare sector to raise the bar when it comes to device security.

Technology is never more integrated with human life than when it is relied upon for healthcare and survival. The healthcare sector is laden with devices, some for simple uses, and others which the heart is reliant upon to keep beating.

A frightening dynamic is formed when combining this truth with the fact that healthcare is rife with cyber security frailty, placing human lives in the line of fire.

David Kleidermacher, Chief Security Officer at BlackBerry told CBR: “What makes the news today are these ransomware attacks and how to protect personal, private healthcare information. While all of that is important, there is another perhaps more insidious risk that doesn’t get as many headlines, as many of these connected devices are connected to people. I don’t want to panic patients, or tell them to stop using devices that are connected to the insulin pumps or the drug dispensing machines, but the vast majority of what we use today is hopelessly insecure.” …

Source: BlackBerry CSO: Medical devices need warnings to stop hackers killing – Computer Business Review

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