Cybersecurity for Connected Diabetes Devices

J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2015 Apr 16;9(5):1143-7. doi: 10.1177/1932296815583334.


Diabetes devices are increasingly connected wirelessly to each other and to data-displaying reader devices. Threats to the accurate flow of information and commands may compromise the function of these devices and put their users at risk of health complications. Sound cybersecurity of connected diabetes devices is necessary to maintain confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the data and commands. Diabetes devices can be hacked by unauthorized agents and also by patients themselves to extract data that are not automatically provided by product software. Unauthorized access to connected diabetes devices has been simulated and could happen in reality. A cybersecurity standard designed specifically for connected diabetes devices will improve the safety of these products and increase confidence of users that the products will be secure.

Keywords: connected; cybersecurity; data; device; diabetes; hack; security.

MeSH terms

  • Biosensing Techniques / instrumentation*
  • Computer Security*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / blood
  • Diabetes Mellitus / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Monitoring, Ambulatory / instrumentation*