Medtronic has partnered with a cybersecurity startup, Sternum, to protect the company’s pacemakers from rogue hackers. It is increasingly common for criminals to target pacemakers and other medical devices. Medtronic pacemakers have already fallen prey to rogue hackers on a number of occasions.
The new collaboration with Sternum is to ensure that the pacemakers can no longer be attacked. The criminals did not directly target the pacemakers, but hacked the devices that had to provide the pacemakers with an update. Until now, Medtronic tried to keep hackers at bay by not connecting the equipment to the internet, but that occasionally caused problems with pushing new updates to medical devices.
The medical company says it sees the collaboration with the startup as a long-term solution. Sternum’s solution ensures that the devices can protect themselves in real time. It is a lot more difficult to regularly update devices such as pacemakers when a vulnerability is discovered. The security software runs on the pacemaker itself and ensures that little or no security updates need to be applied.
In addition to partnering with Sternum, Medtronic has also launched a new IoT platform. The new platform is designed in such a way that devices, just like the pacemakers, can protect themselves, even if they are not connected to the internet.
Source: Hardware Info Compleet by nl.hardware.info.
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