From WannaCry to WannaDie

security trade-offs and design for implantable medical devices

Guanglou Zheng*, Guanghe Zhang, Wencheng Yang, Craig Valli, Rajan Shankaran, Mehmet A. Orgun

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Healthcare sectors are increasingly facing cyber security challenges and threats from adversaries due to numerous security flaws and the lack of security safeguards in medical devices. Among these medical devices and systems, security issues that concern implantable medical devices (IMDs) have attracted attention from both academia and the industry. In this paper, we discuss security vulnerabilities in current IMD products by presenting security tests and demonstrations performed by researchers. Based on this, three critical trade-offs in the IMD security design are analyzed, namely security vs. accessibility in medical emergencies, emergency access vs. checkup access and strong security requirements vs. limited IMD resources. Biometrics based security solutions can provide support for emergency access and thus are surveyed, including those using electrocardiogram signals, iris and fingerprints. During the design, we propose to adopt the concept of decoupled design and usable security in order to develop a viable security solution for the IMDs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 17th International Symposium on Communications and Information Technologies, ISCIT 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages1-5
Number of pages5
Volume2018-January
ISBN (Electronic)9781509065141
ISBN (Print)9781509065158
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event17th International Symposium on Communications and Information Technologies, ISCIT 2017 - Cairns, Australia
Duration: 25 Sep 201727 Sep 2017

Conference

Conference17th International Symposium on Communications and Information Technologies, ISCIT 2017
CountryAustralia
CityCairns
Period25/09/1727/09/17

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