To uncover cybersecurity vulnerabilities in medical devices and health records, students are learning how to hack into these systems at the Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta, this week. These efforts help to both identify weak spots as well as teach students how to make these devices more secure.
Students are uncovering weaknesses in infusions pumps that administer medicine, glucose monitors, CPAP devices, implanted pacemakers, and X-ray machines.
“We wouldn’t want someone hacking into those devices and changing their behavior, which may administer too much medicine to you or not enough, or may do other actions that would cause the patient harm,” [said head of the Cyber Program of Study, Dr. Michael Nowatkowski.]
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