COVID-19 highlights poor security in medical IoT devices

The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming many sectors of the tech economy, from retail to cybersecurity. While many of these trends will take years to come to fruition, in recent months analysts have raised more immediate concerns. In order to fight the pandemic, governments and healthcare providers around the world have turned to medical IoT devices. Unfortunately, many of these devices come with significant security vulnerabilities.

These concerns are not new. For years, we’ve been pointing out both the opportunities and challenges of medical electronics, and argued that IoT security needs to be given higher priority. The pandemic might, finally, have provided a more effective wake up call.

In this article, we’ll look at how embedded devices are being used in the fight against coronavirus, the security concerns around them, and what engineers can do to mitigate them.