Today, health-care providers depend on millions of connected medical devices to deliver cost-effective and lifesaving treatment to patients, and the number of these connected devices is increasing every day.
Unfortunately, the incidence of cyberattacks targeting health-care providers is also increasing. For example, in the United States forty-four per cent of registered cybersecurity breaches in 2013 were in the health-care industry, and that went up to 60 per cent in 2014. More than 90 per cent of health-care providers suffered at least one data breach in the last two years. Additionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has identified more than 300 medical devices, including drug infusion pumps, insulin pumps, heart pacemakers and anesthesia devices at risk of cyberattacks.
Carleton University and other partners have initiated a project for research on e-health systems security enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT). The research will be led by Professor Mohamed Ibnkahla.
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