According to a report from the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK, medical connected devices are still too weak in the cybersecurity department.
The report seems to suggest that IoT devices such as pacemakers and MRI scanners are an increasing concern. The academy believes these devices will need to become more secure by design, and that there is no silver bullet to improving their resilience to cyberattacks in their present state.
Making them more secure would involve:
– Ethical frameworks
– Risk management procedures
– Supply chain transparency
– International ‘umbrella’ agreements
Professor Nick Jennings, lead author of the report, thinks it’s impossible to avoid all failures. However, here’s what we can do: we can make these devices in such a way that they will be able to recover quickly in the event anything does goes wrong.
In other IoT news, Singapore has been declared the best-performing smart city by Intel and Juniper Research. The contending cities were rated in the following areas:
One of its main contributing strengths is the way in which traffic is driven from the roads, so that there is more space for public transport schemes. The elderly population is also well-cared for, and there are plenty of technologies implemented that help them live better lives.
Windsor Holden from Juniper Research commented that smart cities play an important role in improving citizens’ quality of life. He particularly emphasised the connected communities, processes, and municipal services.