Cybersecurity


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    ‘Underfunded’ FDA falls short in ensuring medical devices protect against cyberattacks, experts say

    Medical device manufacturers argue the agency’s current rules on cybersecurity requirements are too restrictive and should be phased in gradually.

    By Aug. 11, 2022
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    Friday Q&A: FDA’s former medical device cybersecurity director says more investment needed in staffing

    The FDA and medtech companies will need more cybersecurity staff to stay ahead of hackers, says Kevin Fu, who is now focused on building that workforce for the government, private sector and academia.

    By Aug. 5, 2022
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    Lack of payment pathway clarity hinders digital therapeutics, analysts say

    The report warns of a sector beset by payment issues, “snake oil” and “middling adoption.”

    By July 15, 2022
  • DHS warns cybersecurity vulnerabilities in Illumina software could affect test results

    Three of the flaws outlined by the Department of Homeland Security received the highest risk score. Vulnerabilities could allow attackers to remotely alter the results generated by Illumina products.

    By June 6, 2022
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    BD's Pyxis medication dispenser gets fifth DHS cybersecurity alert in 5 years

    The company said there are no known public exploits that specifically target a password vulnerability and that it's working to address the problem.

    By June 1, 2022
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    Employees cause more cyber breaches in healthcare than other industries, report finds

    Employees were responsible for 39% of healthcare breaches last year. That's compared to 18% across all industries, according to new Verizon research.

    By Rebecca Pifer • May 27, 2022
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    House user-fees bill details clinical trial diversity, cybersecurity requirements

    The legislation would let the FDA bring in $1.78 billion in fee revenue from 2023 to 2027 to fund the review of medical devices. That amount could increase to $1.9 billion if the agency meets certain performance goals.

    By May 10, 2022
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    CDRH's Shuren expects center to return to normal this year despite ongoing COVID work

    Jeff Shuren, the director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, also stressed the need for increased cybersecurity and supply chain funding and authority during an event on April 29.

    By May 2, 2022
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    Medtech survey finds widespread cybersecurity noncompliance despite rising investment

    Over 80% of respondents see device security as a competitive advantage and almost every company budgeted more money for it this year. However, 80% view the issue as a "necessary evil" imposed by regulators.

    By April 21, 2022
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    FDA official: Draft cybersecurity guidance has 'teeth'

    Not following the guidance in premarket submissions means potential delays for device makers, said Suzanne Schwartz, director of CDRH's Office of Strategic Partnerships and Technology Innovation.

    By April 11, 2022
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    Going beyond HIPAA compliance is worthwhile

    Just because HIPAA doesn't require the use of data governance technology doesn't mean you can do without it.

    April 11, 2022
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    FDA clarifies cybersecurity recommendations for device makers in new guidance

    The draft guidance, which replaces a 2018 document, sets recommendations for how medical device companies should approach cybersecurity in premarket submissions and maintaining products throughout their lifecycle.

    By April 7, 2022
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    Senators drill down on rising user fees, cybersecurity and clinical trial diversity in MDUFA hearing

    While Tuesday's Senate hearing did not include FDA officials, lawmakers questioned industry groups as they consider the MDUFA V agreement that would increase the amount the agency can collect in fees from device makers.

    By April 6, 2022
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    CISA warns about cyber flaw in Philips MRI monitoring software

    Philips' e-Alert has a vulnerability that could allow an unauthorized user to remotely shut down the system, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said in an advisory.

    By March 30, 2022
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    FDA asks Congress for 14% bump in device budget for supply chain, cybersecurity programs

    For the devices program, the FDA is asking for roughly $698 million, with approximately $466 million from the budget authority and $232 million from user fees.

    By March 29, 2022
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    'On high alert': Hospitals wary of cyber threats from Russia-Ukraine war

    Cybersecurity has always been chronically underfunded in hospitals, even before COVID-19 swallowed up more resources. Now, this major international threat is creating a "perfect storm," one cybersecurity expert said.

    By Rebecca Pifer • March 21, 2022
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    FDA warns of cyber vulnerabilities in medical device software components

    An agency alert warned that flaws in PTC's Axeda agent and desktop server, used in devices from several manufacturers, could allow an unauthorized attacker to take full control of the host operating system.

    By March 9, 2022
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    75% of infusion pumps have cyber flaws, putting them at risk from hackers: study

    An analysis of more than 200,000 infusion pumps, using crowd-sourced data supplied by healthcare organizations, found about half were susceptible to "critical" and "high" severity cybersecurity vulnerabilities.   

    By March 3, 2022
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    Medtech, hospitals on alert for cyberattacks after Russia's invasion of Ukraine

    While cybersecurity threats to healthcare and medical devices have grown during the pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine conflict has raised the threat level, putting patient safety at risk.

    By Feb. 28, 2022
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    Cybersecurity leads ECRI's list of top medtech hazards for 2022

    Cyber incidents can compromise patient care and attacks against hospitals have become more prevalent in recent years. However, ECRI said the worst consequences are preventable.

    By Jan. 18, 2022
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    FDA warns about Log4j cybersecurity vulnerabilities in medical devices

    The bugs in Apache's Java-based open source logging library could potentially allow unauthorized users to remotely impact the safety and effectiveness of device functionality, according to the agency.

    By Dec. 20, 2021
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    Medical device security continues to be casualty of hospital-medtech divide

    FDA says manufacturers and hospitals are both responsible for protecting devices from growing cybersecurity threats. However, experts say healthcare providers carry a much heavier load.

    By Dec. 1, 2021
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    Cyber playbook sets out strategies for modeling threats to medical devices

    The FDA-funded guide arrives against a backdrop of calls from the agency for the medtech industry to step up its threat modeling throughout the device lifecycle in order to strengthen cybersecurity and patient safety.

    By Dec. 1, 2021
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    Siemens software vulnerabilities potentially put millions of medical devices at risk

    A U.S. cybersecurity agency issued an alert about the vulnerabilities which could allow hackers to disrupt the operation of anesthesia machines and bedside monitors from multiple manufacturers.

    By Nov. 11, 2021
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    Will a software bill of materials help or hurt medical device cybersecurity?

    President Joe Biden's executive order calls for SBOMs, and the FDA wants to require premarket submissions to have an inventory of third-party device components. AdvaMed is concerned the data could be exploited by hackers.

    By Oct. 7, 2021