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The Challenges of Securing and Protecting Medical Devices

Medical devices require regular software and firmware updates to ensure the integrity of the data and the device itself. On the development side, lifecycle management that tracks cryptographic code updates is critical to ensure a device isn’t susceptible to future security threats.

Manufacturers must have the ability to securely manage ongoing updates without removing a device from a patient’s body.

With increasing cyber-attacks and lives (literally) at stake, the medical device community is taking a serious look at how manufacturers can embed security best practices into their processes and devices. In fact, the medical device makers we talk to recognize the need for a security-first approach. Security doesn’t happen by mistake, but rather by design.

That design ensures data protection, flexibility to support product longevity and unique device identification. Cryptographic and PKI considerations have become critically important in medical devices to guard data streams that travel to and from connected medical devices.