The FDA has announced a "voluntary recall" by Medtronic of certain internet-connected programmers for implantable cardiac devices due to cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Some security experts are hopeful that this will serve as a wake-up call for more manufacturers to take action on addressing cybersecurity issues.
Hackers remotely accessing medical devices and systems - potentially disrupting care and putting patients at risk - is the No. 1 technology hazard facing healthcare entities in the year ahead, according to a new report from the ECRI Institute. Security experts size up the significance of this risk.
Heathrow, the U.K.'s largest airport, has been fined by the country's privacy watchdog for a series of data security missteps that led to a USB memory drive containing highly sensitive information being lost by an airport security trainer on a London city street, where it was found by a passerby.
There is greater awareness to the proliferation of mobile threats, and yet many organizations still underestimate their own vulnerabilities. Brian Duckering of Symantec discusses the rise and maturity of mobile threat defense.
The Food and Drug Administration plans to launch a new digital health "center of excellence" that includes a cybersecurity unit. The new unit would not only deal with cyber issues pertaining to new health technologies, but also challenges facing older medical devices.
In Australia, it can take as few as 15 minutes to steal someone's phone number, a type of attack known as SIM hijacking. Such attacks are rising, but mobile operators have no plans to change the authentication required around number porting, which can be set in motion online with minimal personal information.
The new Apple Watch 4, which includes a sensor that can conduct an electrocardiogram, spotlights the emergence of consumer apps that appear to cross over into the territory of medical devices, raising potential cybersecurity concerns.
The Food and Drug Administration should increase its scrutiny of the cybersecurity of networked medical devices before they're approved to be marketed, a new government watchdog agency report says. FDA says it will carry out the report's recommendations.
While healthcare entities and their vendors apparently are improving their encryption practices for computing and storage devices, regulators are also urging organizations to avoid overlooking the importance of physically securing and tracking these devices to help safeguard PHI.
Air Canada is forcing 1.7 million mobile app account users to reset their passwords after it detected unusual login behavior that it says may have exposed 20,000 accounts, including passport information. But the company is enforcing password complexity rules that experts advise against.
It's déjà vu "FBI vs. Apple" all over again, as Reuters reports that the Justice Department is seeking to compel Facebook to build a backdoor into its Messenger app to help the FBI monitor an MS-13 suspect's voice communications.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: Chris Morales of the cybersecurity firm Vectra discusses how the industrial internet of things is changing the nature of industrial espionage and disruption.
The Department of Homeland Security and Philips have issued alerts about cyber vulnerabilities that have been identified in some of the company's medical devices. Are device makers becoming more forthcoming about cyber issues?
Many medical device makers appear to building better cybersecurity into their products, but some manufacturers are still avoiding fixing vulnerabilities in legacy devices that pose potential safety risks, says security researcher Billy Rios, who discusses the latest flaws in some Medtronic cardiac devices.