3D Printing Poses Unique Security Risks for Medical Devices

Although cyber threats are nothing new to the healthcare industry, the rise of 3D printing in the medical industry presents unique cybersecurity challenges for medical device manufacturers and hospitals.  In July 2016, researchers at the New York University (NYU) Tandon School of Engineering found that 3D printing poses cybersecurity risks in the manufacturing process that could affect the reliability of the end product.  The study found that a hacker could potentially alter the printer head orientation without detection, affecting the strength of the device by as much as 25 percent.  Alternatively, a hacker could manipulate a 3D printer while it is connected to the internet to introduce internal defects as the device is being printed.

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