Porous cyber security can ruin your credit, hack your connected devices and track your browsing habits. But can it kill you?
The FDA says “yes.”
The federal agency released new recommendations at the end of 2016 for the medical manufacturers of devices like pacemakers, insulin pumps and even intravenous drips.
“The same innovations and features that improve health care can increase cybersecurity risks. This is why we need all stakeholders in the medical device ecosystem to collaborate to simultaneously address innovation and cybersecurity,” writes Dr. Suzanne B. Schwartz, the FDA’s Associate Director for Science and Strategic Partnerships.
The implications are clear. Without regular software patches, and continuous research into cyber security threats, life saving devices can become a potentially lethal device in the hands of a hacker.
According to one study, approximately 70 percent of smart devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) are hackable. That’s creating a strong job market for cyber security experts with the flexibility and knowledge to protect vulnerable devices. Start your career path with a Computer Science & Information Technology degree, with a focus on cyber security.