Healthcare cybersecurity provider MedCrypt Inc. announces that it has joined the BlackBerry QNX Partner ecosystem, a worldwide network of technology companies who specialize in development tools, middleware, and embedded software products that are compatible with BlackBerry QNX’s technology portfolio.

“The healthcare industry has seen nearly twice as many breaches between February and May this year in comparison to last year’s count, indicating a growing need for medical tech to be secured at the source, before it goes to market,” says Mike Kijewski, CEO at MedCrypt. “We’re happy to join the BlackBerry QNX Partner ecosystem as it will further help us bring new and necessary medical technology to market quicker with top notch security built right in.”

Kaivan Karimi, senior vice president and co-head, BlackBerry Technology Solutions, also spoke out about the new partnership, commenting: “As the explosion of connected devices drives new applications and solutions in healthcare and around the world, it also increases the risk of cyberthreats and breaches, requiring data and infrastructure to be secured at every layer. Together with our partners, we are providing access to BlackBerry’s trusted software and cryptography solutions and technological know-how to accelerate the design, development, integration, and testing of mission-critical systems in healthcare and other industries.”

Building upon QNX OS for Medical and providing integration services and design will enable MedCrypt’s customers to develop safety-critical solutions for the medical device industry. Moreover, MedCrypt’s cybersecurity platform can be implemented in full or with a modular approach to proactively secure both legacy and new medical devices and maintain their security posture.

MedCrypt solutions include:

  • Cryptography: encrypt/decrypt data and cryptographically sign/verify instructions with unique key pairs
  • Behavior monitoring: capture device metadata, detect abnormalities, and send alerts
  • Vulnerability monitoring: monitor specific software versions at the device level for known vulnerabilities; generate real-time software bill of materials