MIAMI — The special pumps used by hundreds of thousands of diabetes patients are vulnerable to computer hackers, who could make them deliver fatal doses of insulin, security researchers say.
Insulin pumps — like many other medical devices and hundreds of other everyday objects from cars to TVs and refrigerators — are vulnerable because they are controlled by computer chips that can be remotely programed via a wireless connection.
“I can issue [the insulin pump] any command I like,” McAfee security researcher Barnaby Jack told The Washington Times. “I can keep [it] dispensing [insulin] until the pump is empty.”
A typical pump reservoir contains about 300 units of insulin. Although exact doses vary among patients depending on body weight and other factors, 10 units would be enough to send someone to the hospital, and 20 units would kill most people. Read more…
October 29, 2009
InterSoftware will be the first Accredited Training Center (ATC) in Latin America to partner with EC-Council for the exclusive launch of VoIP Professional (ECVP) program, a new certification from EC-Council that educates professionals on how to install, implement, set up and secure a VoIP Network. According to industry research firm, IBISWorld, Voice over IP (VoIP) services are expected to have the largest revenue increase with a projected growth of 20.1% by the end of 2009.
In addition, the Radicati Group forecasted that nearly 75% of corporate phone lines will adopt VoIP technology within the next year and they would range from small businesses to blue chip companies such as Bank of America and The New York Times Co.
Organizations with intent to modernize their voice communication systems may opt for a cost-effective technology such as VoIP, but may lack the skills to ensure a smooth and secure implementation. Specialized knowledge and skills are required to configure and manage the VoIP infrastructure, which is a complex convergence of both voice and data technologies. Unfortunately, the shortage of knowledge in VoIP technology, especially pertaining to its security issues, has given rise to many new challenges.
SC Magazine reported that rogue groups have managed to hack into the VoIP systems of large companies, US Federal Emergency Management Agency being one of them and even small companies, chalking up millions of dollars in data charges. In Australia, VoIP hackers managed to breach the system of a small business and made11,000 calls that cost over $120,000.
To address this gap, EC-Council developed the Certified VoIP Professional (ECVP) program, a comprehensive approach towards understanding VoIP technology. The ECVP program is designed to provide candidates with the knowledge of installing, implementing, hacking and securing the entire VoIP network.
Besides addressing a number of recently discovered vulnerabilities in VoIP, this program will serve as a bridge to close the gap and encourage the convergence of knowledge between telecommunications experts and information technology specialists. In addition, the course itself complements the comprehension of networking technologies and internet telephony systems with practical lab tools that provide one with skills pertinent in assessing and designing a VoIP network.
IT personnel in charge of implementing VoIP networks and security professionals that are concerned with VoIP’s security posture are among those who will be benefit from the ECVP certification. As this is a technical program, interested participants should have sound background knowledge of TCP/IP networks as well as experience in designing or implementing VoIP networks & security technologies.
“We are very excited to be appointed as the exclusive Accredited Training Center for Latin America to offer the EC-Council Certified VoIP Professional program. This will allow us to provide our customers with the skills and knowledge they need to configure and implement a VoIP Network, design troubleshooting plans, encrypt data, and implement hacking tools for VoIP networks”, said Carlos Morales de la Cerda, InterSoftware’s Chief Executive Officer.
Jay Bavisi, Co-Founder and President of EC-Council added, “We are very pleased to appoint InterSoftware as our exclusive partner to launch the ECVP program in the Latin American region. There is a growing demand for telecommunication professionals with security knowledge and we have full faith that InterSoftware will continue to provide training that encompasses security professionals with the skills and knowledge to better serve the region’s demand. ”
Intersoftware has scheduled the first ECVP class in November 2009, with more being planned for the following year. For more information on the class schedules, please email to email@example.com