You have to 'think like a bad guy for a little while': Augusta U is keeping medical devices safe from hackers

Becker's Hospital Review

Jackie Drees

Michael Nowatkowski, PhD, associate professor at University of Augusta's computer and cyber sciences school in Georgia, specializes in reverse engineering medical devices to check their cybersecurity strength, according to a Sept. 18 Athens Banner-Herald report.

Reverse engineering involved deconstructing the medical device to locate potential weak areas, such as inadequate radio-frequency transmitters or exposed USB ports. "You've just got to sit and think like a bad guy for a little while to think of all the ways to attack that system," Dr. Nowatkowski told the publication.

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