The article I recently read, “Could hackers ‘brainjack’ your memories in future?”, got me thinking about the increasingly important role of cyber security as our society continues to advance technologically. The article talks about how advancement in the field of neurotechnology will soon allow us to have brain implants that can treat diseases, enhance memories, and even manipulate memories in the future. Despite these benefits, the consequences can be grave if the control of this technology falls into the wrong hands. With more and more medical devices being connected via the Internet, hospital networks, and smartphones, the risk of exploitation of cyber-security vulnerabilities increases.
I relates the content of this article back to the concept of system thinking that we learned in class. To effectively solve this complex problem, we need to take a step back and take a bigger picture look at how the cyber security system interacts with other constituents of the system. In traditional analysis thinking, it is easy to say that encryption, identity and access management, patching and updating the security of medical devices will solve the cyber security question. However, in system thinking, it is also important to educate clinicians and patients, other constituents in the system, on how to take precautions as well. In my opinion, system thinking will allow us to develop a great cyber security system in the first generation of implants, which will provide a great foundation for the future generations of implants moving forward.