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Feb 4, 2016 11:00:00 AM

FDA Proposes Cybersecurity Guidelines for Medical Devices

I published a blog last month about the need to increase security for imaging devices in hospitals. The devices I discussed store both personal and medical information about patients and should be subject to standard security measures. Very often, they are not.

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration issued proposed guidelines for postmarket management of cybersecurity in medical devices. The guidelines provide best practices for assessing and managing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in medical devices and include situations involving both hacker access to patient records and hacker access to the devices themselves. Although It’s very uncomfortable to think of a hacker’s ability to access our private information, it is even more distressing to consider a hacker’s ability to increase or decrease IV drips, alter pacemaker functions or to change settings on an imaging device. 

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Topics: Cybersecurity, FDA