By Jill Goetz, College of Engineering
UA electrical and computer engineer Roman Lysecky is developing technologies to better detect malware in pacemakers and other life-critical devices.
Nearly a million new forms of malware are unleashed on the world every day. Manufacturers of software for smartphones, laptops and security cameras, as well as banks, retailers and government agencies, release upgrades frequently to try to protect customers and assets.
Yet the millions of people with implanted medical devices typically never receive software upgrades to address security vulnerabilities for the gadgets in their bodies.
“It used to be we only had to worry about breaches of our computers and smartphones,” said Roman Lysecky, an associate professor in the University of Arizona Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “Industry analysts predict that by 2020 most of the 20 billion electronic devices on the market will be interconnected — and millions of these will be implantable medical devices.”
Top image courtesy Terrain.org. Photo of Roman Lysecky courtesy College of Engineering.