Pentest for Health Apps
Health apps are an attractive target because they contain a lot of sensitive data. Such data can be used for a wide variety of purposes and is also suitable for social engineering. In addition, medical devices and systems are closely networked within practices and hospitals. Therefore, it is important to regularly test the systems used for potential security vulnerabilities.

Pentest for Health Apps

Health apps are an attractive target because they contain a lot of sensitive data. Such data can be used for a wide variety of purposes and is also suitable for social engineering. In addition, medical devices and systems are closely networked within practices and hospitals. Therefore, it is important to regularly test the systems used for potential security vulnerabilities.

What is Health App Penetration Testing?

Even if such health apps are an advantage from which you can benefit in many ways: They harbor a high risk potential for your sensitive data. A mobile app that collects and stores your data must be secure. Otherwise, it is possible for third parties to read your logs or exploit vulnerabilities in the app to cause widespread damage. Of course, it is not desirable for such data to be sold to third parties, nor is it desirable for any disease histories to fall into foreign hands. Therefore, health apps need to be more secure than most other everyday apps you carry on your smartphone. Penetration testing makes it possible to detect and fix existing security vulnerabilities before potential attackers exploit them. This makes the field of health apps an exciting one, with Penetration Testing offering numerous opportunities: First and foremost, the added security for anyone who wants to build on this data. Be it the users themselves or the medical staff treating them.

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What are medical devices as an app?
A medical device is basically a product that you use for a specific medical purpose. Such products or services must be adequately tested. This is the only way to ensure that the values you enter are in good hands. And likewise, the sensitive data cannot be misused wantonly. Medical products as apps are mostly known as medical apps, medical software or also as health apps.

Of particular importance in these tests is the data that comes in via fitness or health apps. Connected to different trackers, they can store the values for blood pressure, heart rate or even blood sugar. For doctors, this is an additional source of information, but in the wrong hands it can be falsified, manipulated or sent to third parties without authorization. This makes measures such as pentesting an important investment: both for the safety of users and for reliability in the medical field.
What is the DiGa and what does it do?
The abbreviation DiGA stands for "Digital Health Applications". This is a new benefit category of the statutory health insurance. This means that as soon as you have statutory health insurance, you are entitled to the provision of digital health apps. The classic use cases of health apps include:
  • Opportunities to better understand existing conditions like diabetes and establish meaningful habits in everyday life.
  • A diagnostic app that can evaluate whether a mole has changed suspiciously based on a photo.
  • Interactive exercises designed for chronic pain and tailored to your personal condition.
The task of the DiGA is to check, on the one hand, whether these health apps offer a preventive effect. And on the other hand, whether they adhere to common guidelines such as data protection. If all regulations are complied with, DiGA includes the app in its directory so that you can use it safely.

Why is Penetration Testing so Important for Medical Products?

Medical products also require a high level of attention for DiGa approval. Therefore, it is important to regularly test the apps used for potential security vulnerabilities.

Penetration tests are one such option: Since they subject both the infrastructure and the software solutions such as health apps to detailed testing, depending on the area of application. This not only allows vulnerabilities to be identified. Within the scope of a pentest, measures against these security vulnerabilities are also suggested and can subsequently be implemented.

Of particular importance in these tests are the data received via fitness or health apps. Connected to various trackers, they can store values for blood pressure, heart rate or even blood sugar. An additional source of information for doctors, in the wrong hands this can, however, be falsified, manipulated or sent to third parties without authorization. This makes measures such as penetration tests an important investment: both for the security of users and for reliability in the medical field.
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