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AHA Calls for Greater FDA Medical Device Security Oversight

January 4, 2018 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must focus on reducing regulatory burden on hospitals and health systems while also ensuring there is greater medical device security oversight, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). AHA wrote a December 2017 letter in response to an FDA proposed rule, Review of Existing General Regulatory and Information Collection Requirements of the...


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Healthcare Ransomware, Medical Device Security Key 2018 Trends

by Elizabeth Snell

With 2017 winding down, healthcare providers cannot become lackadaisical in their approach to cybersecurity. The New Year will likely not bring brand new data security issues, but rather show why there needs to be a heightened focus on healthcare...

How IoT Impacts Medical Device Cybersecurity Considerations

by Elizabeth Snell

The healthcare industry is becoming increasingly reliant on Internet of Things (IoT) devices, which has pushed entities of all sizes to ensure they are staying mindful of medical device cybersecurity measures. With medical devices that are used...

Applying US-CERT IoT Security Best Practices to Healthcare

by Elizabeth Snell

The Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly becoming integrated into the daily operations of numerous organizations, which means that entities need to keep IoT security a top priority, according to the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)....

IoT Security Top Concern for Business Technology Leaders

by Elizabeth Snell

More healthcare organizations are implementing connected medical devices and are moving storage and backup options to the cloud. However, healthcare technology leaders are greatly concerned over IoT security with connected devices, according...

Recognizing, Overcoming Medical Device Cybersecurity Gaps

by Elizabeth Snell

Legacy devices and not having an accurate understanding of current device inventory can lead to some of the more common medical device cybersecurity gaps. Healthcare organizations cannot afford to suffer from an attack that compromises connected...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats Require HHS Bill of Materials

by Elizabeth Snell

The increasing amount of healthcare cybersecurity threats is pushing organizations to utilize numerous technologies to combat potential dangers. It can often be difficult though to have clear visibility into the hardware or software in those...

FDA Calls for Continuous Collaboration in Medical Device Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare is becoming increasingly reliant on connected devices, which is why medical device security must remain a top priority. Cybersecurity threats are a constant worry but the FDA aims to help healthcare organizations remain innovative...

ECRI: Healthcare Ransomware, Cybersecurity Threats Top Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations need to understand the potential safety issues that come with medical devices and systems, according to the ECRI Institute. Healthcare ransomware threats, medical device networking flaws, and other cybersecurity threats...

FDA Urges Patient Data Access with Medical Device Information

by Elizabeth Snell

Medical device manufacturers should appropriately and responsibly allow patient data access with patient information collected from devices, according to a finalized document from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Sharing “patient-specific...

PHI Security Could Be At Risk in Boston Scientific Medical Device

by Elizabeth Snell

A Boston Scientific medical device was found to have a vulnerability that could compromise PHI security, according to Whitescope researchers Jonathan Butts and Billy Rios. The Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems...

Potential BD Medical Device Security Vulnerability Identified

by Elizabeth Snell

Researchers identified a potential medical device security vulnerability in Becton, Dickinson and Company’s (BD) Alaris 8015 Point of Care (PC) unit Version 9.5, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control...

Partnership Stressed in IoMT Medical Device Cybersecurity Bill

by Elizabeth Snell

Two state representatives introduced a medical device cybersecurity bill this week that focuses on centralizing current and relevant frameworks, guidelines, and standards for Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) devices. There must be collaboration...

Medical Device Cybersecurity Focus of AEHIS, MDISS Collaboration

by Elizabeth Snell

Medical device cybersecurity education, best practices, advocacy, and information sharing are key objectives in the recently announced collaboration between the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS) and the Medical...

ICS-CERT Reports Medfusion Medical Device Vulnerabilities

by Elizabeth Snell

Recently discovered medical device vulnerabilities in infusion pumps could potentially allow a remote attacker to gain unauthorized access, affecting the pump’s intended operation, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s...

Medical Device Security Critical with FDA Interoperability Guide

by Elizabeth Snell

Safely and effectively exchanging and using data is the key focus of the recent FDA guide on medical device security and interoperability. FDA explained that Design Considerations and Pre-market Submission Recommendations for Interoperable Medical...

Maintaining Medical Device Cybersecurity in an Evolving Industry

by Elizabeth Snell

Outdated operating systems in connected devices could create patient safety issues in addition to medical device cybersecurity concerns. A faulty implanted device could impacts patients or ransomware could prevent patients from receiving proper...

FDA Announces Update on Abbott Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

by Elizabeth Snell

A recent firmware update was created in an effort to reduce potential harm from cybersecurity vulnerabilities in certain Abbott pacemakers. The FDA approved the update, saying patients and providers should discuss the firmware update at their...

Medical Device Cybersecurity Top Challenge to IoT Ecosystem

by Elizabeth Snell

Individuals working in the Internet of Things (IoT) connected medical device ecosystem are most concerned with potential medical device cybersecurity issues, according to a recent Deloitte poll. Nearly one-third of respondents – 35.6 percent...

HIMSS: Medical Device Security, Data Breaches Top Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare security professionals are mainly concerned with medical device security, patient safety, and data breaches, according to the 2017 HIMSS Cybersecurity survey. More healthcare organizations are working toward their cybersecurity programs,...

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