Because of the use of low-energy-equipped Bluetooth medical devices, the healthcare industry is vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, in essence, enables devices to connect, exchange information, and perform intended functions while conserving battery life. These energy-saving technologies are found in a variety of medical devices as well as consumer wearables. According to the FDA, this technology may have increased cybersecurity risk due to an exploit known as “SweynTooth,” which has the potential to wirelessly crash a device, disable it, or access commands and information that are normally only available to authorized users.
𝐇𝐎𝐖 𝐁𝐋𝐔𝐄𝐓𝐎𝐎𝐓𝐇 𝐌𝐄𝐃𝐈𝐂𝐀𝐋 𝐃𝐄𝐕𝐈𝐂𝐄𝐒 𝐀𝐑𝐄 𝐀𝐃𝐃𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐂𝐘𝐁𝐄𝐑𝐒𝐄𝐂𝐔𝐑𝐈𝐓𝐘 𝐑𝐈𝐒𝐊𝐒 𝐓𝐎 𝐇𝐄𝐀𝐋𝐓𝐇𝐂𝐀𝐑𝐄
- 𝐒𝐰𝐞𝐲𝐧𝐓𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐡– an exploit that can cause device crashes and failures
- Connection, connection, connection – medical devices are becoming increasingly connected to one another, increasing the risk for cyber breaches.
- 𝐎𝐛𝐬𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐞 𝐒𝐲𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐬 – regular software updates for medical devices are necessary to limit their susceptibility to cybersecurity threats.
- 𝐄𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧– Healthcare professionals and patients need to be aware of the potential risks and points of the cybersecurity vulnerability.
- 𝐂𝐲𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 – InterMed has a team of professionals dedicated to assessing your medical device cybersecurity risk