๐‹๐Ž๐– ๐„๐๐„๐‘๐†๐˜-๐„๐๐”๐ˆ๐๐๐„๐ƒ ๐๐‹๐”๐„๐“๐Ž๐Ž๐“๐‡ ๐Œ๐„๐ƒ๐ˆ๐‚๐€๐‹ ๐ƒ๐„๐•๐ˆ๐‚๐„๐’ ๐Œ๐€๐˜ ๐๐Ž๐’๐„ ๐€๐ ๐ˆ๐๐‚๐‘๐„๐€๐’๐„๐ƒ ๐‚๐˜๐๐„๐‘๐’๐„๐‚๐”๐‘๐ˆ๐“๐˜ ๐“๐‡๐‘๐„๐€๐“

October 25, 2022

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.

๐‡๐Ž๐– ๐๐‹๐”๐„๐“๐Ž๐Ž๐“๐‡ ๐Œ๐„๐ƒ๐ˆ๐‚๐€๐‹ ๐ƒ๐„๐•๐ˆ๐‚๐„๐’ ๐€๐‘๐„ ๐€๐ƒ๐ƒ๐ˆ๐๐† ๐‚๐˜๐๐„๐‘๐’๐„๐‚๐”๐‘๐ˆ๐“๐˜ ๐‘๐ˆ๐’๐Š๐’ ๐“๐Ž ๐‡๐„๐€๐‹๐“๐‡๐‚๐€๐‘๐„

  • ๐’๐ฐ๐ž๐ฒ๐ง๐“๐จ๐จ๐ญ๐กโ€“ an exploit that can cause device crashes and failures
  • Connection, connection, connection โ€“ medical devices are becoming increasingly connected to one another, increasing the risk for cyber breaches.
  • ๐Ž๐›๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ๐ž ๐’๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฌ โ€“ regular software updates for medical devices are necessary to limit their susceptibility to cybersecurity threats.
  • ๐„๐๐ฎ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐งโ€“ Healthcare professionals and patients need to be aware of the potential risks and points of the cybersecurity vulnerability.
  • ๐‚๐ฒ๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐€๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ – InterMed has a team of professionals dedicated to assessing your medical device cybersecurity risk

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