Invasion of the Body Hackers

Protect Your Pacemaker

Even pacemakers are vulnerable without updates. On August 29th, the FDA issued an alert regarding Abbott pacemakers. Formerly known as St. Jude Medical, the Abbott pacemakers below have vulnerabilities in their software.

Almost half a million people in the United States are highly recommended to get their pacemakers updated, as they are vulnerable to hacking.You should contact your physician(s) if you or a family member rely on one of these devices.

Here are the vulnerable pacemakers and CRT-P devices:

  • Accent
  • Anthem
  • Accent MRI
  • Accent ST
  • Assurity
  • Allure

*This does NOT apply to any implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) or cardiac resynchronization ICDs (CRT-Ds)*

So, why are we telling you about this? Doesn’t Syxsense just deal with computers? As everything in our world becomes connected to the internet, we will keep you up to date on all manner of relevant news.In this case, keeping your device up to date could be protecting your literal health. This also serves as a good metaphor to learn from and apply to your IT management. One vulnerability in a place you least expect could be disastrous. Make sure to implement a cloud-based, IT solution to manage all your devices.

Syxsense simplifies discovery so you can quickly identify devices that need updates. From there, it’s simple to target those devices and deploy patches.

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