s833 - Defending the Body: Medical Devices in the Age of Cyber Warfare
In 2011, a team from software security company McAfee developed code that allowed them to take over an insulin pump, altering its programming and even administering potentially lethal doses from as much as 300 feet away. Since then, we've learned that former Vice President Dick Cheney had the wireless communications shut off on a defibrillator that implanted in him in 2007 during his final years in office. While making great fodder for television, a 2012 episode of the Showtime drama Homeland, in which terrorists hacked a fictional vice president’s pacemaker and killed him, the issue of cybersecurity in medical devices is much more complex than these doomsday scenarios. In the dawning age of cyber warfare, it's worth examining where we're at with defending our most personal homeland. This panel, which features experts from across the MedTech spectrum, will delve into what is fiction, what is reality and what companies are doing to prevent our bodies from serving as the next battlefield. The panel will be hosted by Brian Johnson, Publisher, MassDevice and Founder of DeviceTalks.