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Cyber Risks Mounting for Networked Medical Devices

Aug. 18, 2017, 3:40 PM

Recent cyberattacks that hit hospitals and pharmaceutical companies spotlight the risks of using medical devices that connect to the internet and transmit sensitive data.

“These devices contain large amounts of sensitive patient data but don’t have proper or updated security controls to safeguard this data,” Wendy Wu, vice president at Los Angeles-based Stroz Friedberg, a cybersecurity risk management company, told Bloomberg BNA Aug. 18. Networked medical devices can include everything from insulin pumps to bedside units monitoring patient vital signs. Affected companies include Johnson & Johnson, Siemens AG, and Medtronic.

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