The explosion of networked medical devices and sensors that connect, communicate or transmit information through the Internet hold tremendous promise if security is built into the infrastructure from the outset, according to a new report.

While networked medical devices linked to the “Internet of Things” pose potential security risks, they are outweighed by the potential benefits to society from these devices that are “wearable, temporarily ingested or even embedded in the human body for medical treatment, medication, and general health and wellness.” That is the conclusion of the report by Intel Security (which owns security software vendor McAfee) and the Atlantic Council, a nonpartisan international affairs policy organization.

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