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Unpatchable: Living with a Vulnerable Implanted Device

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My life depends on the functioning of a medical device, a pacemaker that generates each and every beat of my heart. This computer inside of me may fail due to hardware and software issues, due to misconfigurations or network-connectivity. The pacemaker even has a wireless interface for remote monitoring, forcing me to become a human part of the “Internet-of-Things”. As a seasoned security professional I am worried about my heart’s attack surface.

This talk will be focused on the problem that we have vulnerable life critical devices that can’t easily be patched without performing surgery on patients, my personal experience with being the host of such a device, and how we can proceed to work together as a community to improve the cyber safety of these medical devices. This is important because a security failure of a medical device is a failure to safeguard human life.

This talk is part of the Computer Laboratory Wednesday Seminars series.

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