St. Jude Faces New Claim Heart Implants are Hackable

Threats and vulnerabilities associated with The Internet of Things (IoT) are not just focused on wireless cameras, home routers, and DVRs.  There are a myriad of life saving medical devices that communicate via some form of wireless protocol including insulin pumps, pacemakers, and spinal stimulators among others.  These devices, if compromised, can cause problems much larger than a simple DDOS attack.  A compromised medical device can lead to death.  Security must be taken more seriously for these devices in the immediate future.

https://threatpost.com/st-jude-faces-new-claim-heart-implants-are-hackable/121504/

St. Jude Faces New Claim Heart Implants are Hackable

Threats and vulnerabilities associated with The Internet of Things (IoT) are not just focused on wireless cameras, home routers, and DVRs.  There are a myriad of life saving medical devices that communicate via some form of wireless protocol including insulin pumps, pacemakers, and spinal stimulators among others.  These devices, if compromised, can cause problems much larger than a simple DDOS attack.  A compromised medical device can lead to death.  Security must be taken more seriously for these devices in the immediate future.

https://threatpost.com/st-jude-faces-new-claim-heart-implants-are-hackable/121504/

We Need to Save the Internet from the Internet of Things

This is a very straight-forward and timely article by Bruce Schneier concerning the Internet of Things, framed in the light of the attack against Brian Krebs.  There are no simple solutions to this problem, this threat, but it is a threat that should be addressed and the solution or solutions will take time.  We need to starting working diligently.

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/we-need-to-save-the-internet-from-the-internet-of-things

Researcher Roots Out Security Flaws In Insulin Pumps

As a man with a dear family member reliant on a wireless medical device, these articles always disturb me.  This is not a new problem or revelation.  I watched a demonstration of a similar exploit more than 5 years ago at an RSA Conference.  My biggest concern is the fact that these types of vulnerabilities have existed for this long and yet are not properly addressed.  The number of devices in the IoT category are growing at an exponential rate, so the need to address these types of security concerns in a timely matter is growing exponentially as well.

http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities—threats/researcher-roots-out-security-flaws-in-insulin-pumps/d/d-id/1327095

Morale Remains Low Around Health and Fitness App Security

The lack of security for these types of apps tends to follow the Internet of Things trend.  Companies are more focused on pushing out features and functions and less focused on security data and unauthorized access.  Added to this imbalance is a lack of ongoing support or security updates.  These apps need to be managed more appropriately because they represent an ever-growing toehold and entry point for user exploitation.

https://threatpost.com/morale-remains-low-around-health-and-fitness-app-security/115891/

The Internet Of Bring-Your-Own Things

This article really hits home on a couple of levels for me.  I have personally faced off against senior management in a discussion around the risk/reward proposition of bringing “the Internet of Things” devices into the corporate environment such as Apple TV and AirPlay.  This article takes the conversation to another level by considering these devices from the BYOD perspective and how that level of usage exposes potentially sensitive information.  It is well worth a read and your consideration.  The Internet of Things has quickly gone from a novelty to an annoyance to a genuine security risk.  Be aware and be prepared!

http://www.darkreading.com/mobile/the-internet-of-bring-your-own-things/a/d-id/1319591