cybersecurity

By Dave Muoio 11:48 am September 15, 2020
Medigate, a startup focused on cybersecurity for medical devices and other connected health products, has announced $30 million in Series B funding, bringing the company's lifetime raise to $50 million. Partech led the round, which also saw participation from Maor Investments and prior backers YL Ventures, U.S. Venture Partners and Blumberg Capital. WHAT IT DOES Medigate's platform secures ...

Credit: Babylon Health

By Tammy Lovell 05:43 am June 10, 2020
London-based digital firm Babylon Health has admitted that a data breach occurred that allowed a patient to access recordings of another patient’s consultation via the GP at Hand app. The app, which has more than 2.3 million UK users, allows members to book medical appointments, access a triage chatbot and have consultations with NHS doctors via smartphone video call.  A Babylon spokesperson says...
By Dave Muoio 10:29 am April 7, 2020
CyberMDX, a connected medical device and clinical network security firm, announced this morning that it has collected $20 million in new funding. The latest investment brings the startup's total raise to $30 million in total funds. It was headed by Sham (Relyens Group) with participation from prior backers Pitango Venture Capital and Qure Ventures. WHAT THEY DO The company's healthcare...
By Dave Muoio 11:56 am March 4, 2020
The FDA is warning of new cybersecurity vulnerabilities affecting Bluetooth Low Energy communications technology used in certain medical devices. According to the agency, the issue could allow unauthorized users to wirelessly crash a device, prevent it from working or access functions limited to its users. The FDA says the vulnerabilities – referred to as "SweynTooth" by the researchers who...
By Dave Muoio 03:56 pm January 31, 2020
Update: HIMSS20 has been canceled due to the coronavirus. Read more here. While there are no shortage of technical approaches for hackers targeting a healthcare organization, the fact of the matter is that many attacks start with doctors, administrative workers and the other employees who might not have cybersecurity on the mind. This approach, often referred to under the umbrella term of “social...
By Jeff Lagasse 04:11 pm December 10, 2019
With the Internet of Things and connected medical devices, poor cybersecurity poses risks to both patient safety and the infrastructure that keeps hospitals running. It’s an ongoing challenge for healthcare security professionals. What makes it such a challenge is that the hospital environment is a very different beast than it once was. Clinical delivery has moved from a palliative care model to...
By Nazila Hafezi 03:29 pm June 18, 2019
This week, Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced legislation to strengthen privacy and security protections for consumers’ personal health data, specifically the data involved in DNA testing kits and health tracking apps. WHAT HAPPENED The Protecting Personal Health Data Act would require HHS to create standards to protect the sensitivity of genetic data,...
By Dave Muoio 02:26 pm May 8, 2019
San Diego-based MedCrypt, a maker of cybersecurity software for medical devices, has raised $5.3 million in a Series A funding round led by Section 32. Other participants include Eniac Ventures and Y Combinator, the latter of which included MedCrypt as part of its Winter 2019 batch. WHAT THEY DO While many medical device security companies are focusing their efforts on provider customers looking...
By Dave Muoio 03:13 pm March 22, 2019
After creating dummy accounts on highly-rated Android medical apps and analyzing their traffic, an investigation published Wednesday in BMJ found that nearly four in five shared users’ data with outside entities. What’s more, the Australian research team determined that several of those groups receiving the user information would likely be able to aggregate the data and use it to pinpoint a...