Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Cybersecurity of wireless implantable medical devices
by Ash, Sarah L., M.S., Utica College, 2016, 51; 10109631
Abstract (Summary)

Wireless implantable medical devices are used to improve and prolong the lives of persons with critical medical conditions. The World Society of Arrhythmias reported that 133,262 defibrillators had been implanted in the United States in 2009 (NBC News, 2012). With the convenience of wireless technology comes the possibility of wireless implantable medical devices being accessed by unauthorized persons with malicious intents. Each year, the Food and Drug Agency (FDA) collects information on medical device failures and has found a substantial increase in the numbers of failures each year (Sametinger, Rozenblit, Lysecky, & Ott, 2015). Mark Goodman, founder of the Future Crimes Institute, wrote an article regarding wireless implantable medical devices (2015). According to Goodman, approximately 300,000 Americans are implanted with wireless implantable medical devices including, but not limited to, cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators, cochlear implants, neurostimulators, and insulin pumps. In upwards of 2.5 million people depend on wireless implantable medical devices to control potential life-threatening diseases and complications. It was projected in a 2012 study completed by the Freedonia Group that the need for wireless implantable medical devices would increase 7.7 percent annually, creating a 52 billion dollar business by 2015 (Goodman, 2015). This capstone project will examine the current cybersecurity risks associated with wireless implantable medical devices. The research will identify potential security threats, current security measures, and consumers’ responsibilities and risks once they acquire the wireless implantable medical devices. Keywords: Cybersecurity, Professor Christopher M. Riddell, critical medical conditions, FDA, medical device failures, risk assessment, wireless networks.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Riddell, Christopher M.
Commitee: Burkhart, Bethany
School: Utica College
Department: Cybersecurity
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Medicine, Computer science
Keywords: Criticial medical conditions, FDA, Medical device failures, Risk assessment, Wireless networks
Publication Number: 10109631
ISBN: 978-1-339-72915-2
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