Robust protection lets doctors and patients use healthcare apps with confidence
Apps have changed the landscape of the healthcare sector. They’ve helped patients to rehabilitate and manage their conditions from home. They’ve enabled conversations between doctors and patients to take place remotely. And they’ve freed up time and resources at hospitals and healthcare centers.
But the more healthcare moves digital, the more risks are introduced. We protect healthcare apps so that hackers can’t steal or tamper with the valuable data and logic within them.
Types of apps and the threats facing them
Apps can help patients suffering from a serious condition. There are apps that licensed practitioners can use to diagnose or treat a disease, such as a glucose test system. Others actually control the operation or function of an implant or a wearable monitoring device. And some apps analyze patient-specific medical device data, such as a perinatal monitoring system.
There’s real danger to a patient’s health if a bad actor can break into an app that controls an implant. But most attacks target their data. If apps aren’t protected properly, there’s a risk of sensitive data exfiltration. Hackers can also tamper with someone’s medical records. And they can attempt to steal the intellectual property of a healthcare institution itself. Finally, some of these apps also enable doctors and patients to communicate remotely. Bad actors can attempt a man-in-the-middle attack to intercept messages on these apps using their own malicious server.
How we help
Our products work deep inside healthcare apps to protect their code, content and logic. They use different layers of protection to prevent static and dynamic attacks. That means hackers aren’t able to steal or tamper with the user data within them. Our environment checks add extra protection by checking that nothing has been modified in the app, too. They detect untrusted environments. And they highlight rooting, debugging, hooking, and emulators. That makes it a lot harder for an attacker to reverse-engineer an app.
We also use deep communication hardening so that hackers can’t carry out man-in-the-middle attacks. That means doctors and patients can keep in touch without worry.DexProtector
Healthcare is a highly-regulated industry for a reason. A hacker can threaten lives as well as livelihoods. In the coming years, it’s likely we’ll delegate even more responsibility for our wellbeing to apps. We’ll come to rely on them to track our health. And so protecting them from cyber attacks will become more important than ever.