Client Alert: FDA Releases New Cybersecurity Initiatives for Connected Medical Devices

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October 17, 2018
To kick off National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the FDA released a statement regarding the agency’s continued emphasis on medical device cybersecurity.  As cyber attacks have become more and more prevalent, the increasing number of medical devices connected to hospital networks creates a greater possibility that cyber criminals could exploit vulnerabilities in medical devices.  Recognizing that medical device cybersecurity incident preparedness is fundamental to protect patients, the FDA announced new initiatives, updates, and collaborations.  This Client Alert provides an overview of the significance of cybersecurity awareness and preparedness for connected medical devices and practical tips and recommendations for protecting sensitive medical data and patient privacy in the digital age.