Rapid advances in technology have been a boon to the medical device industry. They’ve also sparked growing concern that those devices can be hacked.
Devices from hospital-room infusion pumps to pacemakers use wireless internet and network connectivity. Researchers and hackers have shown that networked devices — including some approved by the Food and Drug Administration — can be vulnerable to threats. Just last month, two cybersecurity experts made headlines when they said they had found security weaknesses in Medtronic (MDT) pacemakers that made them hackable.