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Are Legacy Medical Device Security Flaws Going Unfixed?


Anti-Malware , Endpoint Security , Healthcare

While many medical device makers appear to building better cybersecurity into their new products, some manufacturers are still avoiding fixing vulnerabilities in legacy devices that pose potential safety risks to patients, security researcher Billy Rios contends.

"As a whole, I think the industry is getting better [at addressing cybersecurity]. When we look at new devices ... it seems those are a lot better than the legacy devices," Rios, founder of WhiteScope, says in an interview with Information Security Media Group.

But in some cases, manufacturers are "putting a little too much stock in the next version of their products" while overlooking critical cyber issues in their legacy devices already in use, he claims.

Cardiac Device Flaws

Among the examples of legacy medical device cybersecurity problems going unfixed are several vulnerabilities that Rios says he and security researcher Jonathan Butts of QED Secure Solutions...(continued)

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