Robert Van Rooyen is a senior software and hardware engineer/architect with mechanical design experience that spans more than three decades of development in multimedia systems, medical devices, operating systems, networking products, and embedded systems. Robert holds an M.S. and B.S. degree in Computer Science/Engineering, and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Victoria.

How to Secure Consumable Components of Medical Devices and Other Embedded Systems

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A number of embedded systems, such as medical devices and printers, feature replaceable components designed to be installed new, consumed through one or more cycles of product use, and ultimately disposed. This article describes the security challenges associated with the design of such consumable components as well as practical solutions.