MASSDEVICE ON CALL — GE’s (NYSE:GE) got some new cybersecurity resources thanks to its newly announced acquisition of Wurldtech, a security firm that counts medical devices among its primary focus areas.
Following the acquisition Wurldtech will remain independent as an infrastructure cybersecurity company looking to secure valuable targets such as medtech, power grids and oil refineries. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"As the healthcare industry uses more and more networked technology – from traditional equipment such as monitors and diagnostic equipment, to wireless implanted devices such as pacemakers – it risks increased exposure of connected medical devices to open networks, creating new security vulnerabilities and unique security challenges for device manufacturers and medical facilities," according to Wurldtech’s website.
The company says it provides security assessments to identify weakness early in product development, giving device makers a chance to mitigate vulnerabilities, reduce operational costs of dealing with security holes down the line and "protect your reputation by reducing new vulnerability disclosures."
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