Sep 30, 2020

Startup launches new platform to accelerate AI in healthcare

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Leila Hawkins
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Startup launches new platform to accelerate AI in healthcare
KenSci has built the cloud-based tool specifically for the healthcare sector...

A startup that specialises in healthcare analytics and AI has launched a new platform that aims to help healthcare providers accelerate their digital journeys to make a return on their investment (ROI).

KenSci's new AI platform, built on Microsoft Azure, aims to helps healthcare organisations accelerate their data transformation, enabling AI and analytics workloads at scale. 

The startup, which is headquartered in Seattle, has launched their re-imagined platform with the latest predictive analytics technology, to enable health organisations to develop business intelligence (BI) and AI-based workloads in an easy, agile way. 

The platform has been built specifically for the healthcare sector, designed to provide AI-based insights on operational and clinical workflows. Users can customise it to suit their needs or use the solutions already built into the software. 

Samir Manjure, KenSci chief executive officer, explained his vision for the new product: "Healthcare organisations have access to a treasure trove of data which can be maximized to gain insights and improve quality of care and the patient experience. 

"The bottleneck in the AI journey originates from the time it takes to transform and shape data into a format that allows for intelligent insights to be extracted. The KenSci AI Platform for Digital Health aims to bridge this gap using a modern AI-ready data architecture that we truly believe will be a game changer in making the healthcare industry AI-ready."  

The platform integrates Microsoft Power BI data visualization tools, so that healthcare teams can use auto-generated key performance indicators, metrics and pre-built integrations directly into Microsoft Power Apps, Microsoft Teams and EMRs to streamline adoption. 

"Through collaboration with Microsoft and using their healthcare technology expertise, KenSci is helping healthcare organizations simplify their data movement to the cloud, accelerating use of AI in improving operational and care management outcomes" Heather Cartwright, General Manager at Microsoft Health said. 

"KenSci's AI platform for digital health helps health teams build data-rich use-cases and innovate in a secure data pipeline within their own Azure environments." 

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Jun 17, 2021

Peloton vulnerable to cyber attacks, McAfee research finds

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​​​​​​​Software security experts McAfee discovered exercise bikes by Peloton are vulnerable to cyber attacks, which the company have since resolved 

Peloton, the popular exercise bikes, were found to be vulnerable to cyber attacks in the latest research from McAfee. 

Peloton is a brand of electric bikes that combines high end exercise equipment with cutting-edge technology. Its products use wi fi to connect to a large tablet that interfaces with the components of the exercise device, and provides an easy way for physical activity enthusiasts to attend virtual workout classes over the internet several times a week.

Peloton has garnered attention recently around the privacy and security of its products. So McAfee decided to take a look for themselves and purchased a Peloton Bike+.

The problem

Researchers looked at the Android devices and uncovered a vulnerability  that could allow an attacker with either physical access to the Bike+ or access during any point in the supply chain to gain to hack into the bike’s tablet, including the camera, microphone and personal data. 

For the person using it there would be no indication the Bike+ has been tampered with, potentially putting Peloton’s 16.7 million users at risk.  

The flaw was found in the Android Verified Boot (AVB) process. McAfee researchers were able to bypass the Android Verified Boot process, which normally verifies all code and data before booting. They were then able to get the device to boot bypassing this step. 

This could potentially lead to the Android OS being compromised by an attacker who is physically present. Even worse, the attacker could boot up the Peloton with a modified credential to gain privileges, granting them access to the bike remotely. 

As the attacker never has to unlock the device to boot it up, there would be no trace of their access on the device. This type of attack could also happen at any point from construction to warehouse to delivery, by installing a backdoor into the Android tablet without the user ever knowing. 

The solution

Given the simplicity and criticality of the flaw, McAfee informed Peloton while auditing was ongoing. The vendor was sent full details,  and shortly after, Peloton confirmed the issue and released a fix for it. 

Further conversations between McAfee and  Peloton confirmed that this vulnerability had also been present on the Peloton Tread exercise equipment. 

Peloton’s Head of Global Information Security Adrian Stone, commented on the research: “This vulnerability reported by McAfee would require direct, physical access to a Peloton Bike+ or Tread. Like with any connected device in the home, if an attacker is able to gain physical access to it, additional physical controls and safeguards become increasingly important.

"To keep our members safe, we acted quickly and in coordination with McAfee. We pushed a mandatory update in early June and every device with the update installed is protected from this issue.”

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