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Tom Keenan points to downside securing medical devices from hackers

Preventing hacking medical devices by cybercriminals could lie at the fingertips of the next generation of cyber pros, according to "Technocreep" author Tom Keenan.
"Technocreep" author Tom Keenan says installing features to prevent hacking of medical devices like pacemakers could cut down on battery life. (REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch )

On Tuesday, we heard from Marc Goodman, a former futurist in residence for the F.B.I. And he told us that as you're getting used to the idea that your phone, tablet or laptop are potential targets for hacking, you should also be thinking about what might happen when things such as pacemakers and insulin pumps are connected to the internet. 

We wanted to find out more about the threat of hacking medical devices here in Canada.

Tom Keenan is a Research Fellow at the Canadian Defence Foreign Affairs Institute. His latest book is called "Technocreep: The Surrender of Privacy and the Capitalization of Intimacy." He was in Calgary. 

This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.