Editor’s Note: Bitcoin—a high tech Beanie Baby.
By Varun Saxena
Drug infusion pumps that can be manipulated from afar, defibrillators than can be programmed to deliver random shocks, refrigerators whose temperature settings can be reset, these are some of the cybersecurity problems uncovered by Scott Erven, the head of information security for healthcare facility operator Essentia Health.
It took Erven’s team only half an hour to find another healthcare organization that was exposing information about 68,000 systems, including at least 488 cardiology systems, 332 radiology systems and 32 pacemakers, according to Wired Magazine.
From: LiveScience Op-Ed
By Bill Buchanan, Edinburgh Napier University
One big security issue that has arisen lately concerns control of news media. National boundaries have become blurred on the internet, and the control any nation can have over information dissemination has been eroded – on news websites but especially on open platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
The largest stand-alone medical device manufacturer in the world has revealed that hackers had successfully infiltrated its computers, and that it had lost some patient records in separate incidents last year.
In regulatory documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday, Minneapolis-based Medtronic confirmed that it and two other large medical technology companies had been victimized by cyberattacks originating from Asia, according to Reuters reporter Jim Finkle.
From: Dark Reading
It’s time to throw away the analogies about building fortresses and perimeter defenses and start to approach InfoSec with the same standard of care we use for public health.
The networked enterprise is often compared to a fortress: Guard your perimeter, build a secure wall, keep out intruders, beware spies and traitors. Like many of our approaches to cyber security, this metaphor is outdated and doesn’t help clarify the complex of challenges we are facing.