EC-Council Issues Warning on Possible Death by Wireless Security Breach

EC-Council Issues Warning on Possible Death by Wireless Security Breach
September 23, 2011 EC-Council

Global Information Security Certification Institution EC-Council issued stern warnings about a lack of wireless security implemented by medical device manufacturers, after the American House Energy and Commerce Committee expressed concern about regulating the wireless security of medical devices.

Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) September 22, 2011

Manufacturers of medical devices need to tread carefully when implementing wireless technologies such as Bluetooth in their equipment, says EC-Council, a leading global information security expert. In high-risk industries such as healthcare, the smallest innocuous mistake may often turn fatal.

At the recent 2011 Black Hat hacker conference in Las Vegas, security researcher and Type 1 diabetic Jerome Radcliffe demonstrated the vulnerabilities of his own wireless insulin pump and glucose meter by disrupting its operations through electronic interference. Although there was no real harm done, it was a clear example of how susceptible life-sustaining devices were to external influence.

This shocking demonstration showed a lack of awareness of such medical wireless security risks among legislators in the country, raising alarm among the members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Soon after, Democratic Representatives Anna Eshoo and Ed Markey sent letters of concern to the Government Accountability Office, asking for a review of the safety screening policies of the Federal Communications Commission.

Jay Bavisi, the president of EC-Council, says; “The time for the industry to take wireless security seriously is long overdue”. He pointed out that although the medical industry had made great progress in new advancements such as adopting wireless technology, the security aspect of such emerging technologies was not sufficiently catching up.