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Protecting a Pacemaker From Malware Is Everyone’s Job, FDA Says

Jan. 29, 2019, 8:13 PM

Older, internet-connected medical devices such as pacemakers, blood glucose monitors, and insulin pumps are vulnerable to malware threats, prompting the need for tighter cybersecurity guidance from the government.

“That’s the nature with cybersecurity,” Seth Carmody, the cybersecurity program manager for the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said during a Jan. 29 public meeting. “It has to continue to evolve. So, like design and risks evolve, so do policies. So, we’ve taken everything we’ve learned over at least five years and tried to package it within this guidance.”

The Food and Drug Administration’s two-day meeting is intended for medical ...

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