FDA to Hold Discussion on Protecting Cybersecurity of Medical Devices

by Staff Blogger | October 7th, 2014

Most of us are aware of the importance of cybersecurity—we protect our accounts with passwords and questions that are ensured to allow only those with permission to access our private data. But while we protect our homes, phones, and computers from being hacked, the medical devices that some people depend on to stay alive may be able to be compromised.

An article the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) points out agency officials are acknowledging the health and safety risks associated with security breaches attacking medical devices or the computer systems that run them. Furthermore, they are searching for solutions.

To address this problem, the FDA announced it will hold a workshop in the near future to brainstorm the best ways to improve medical device cybersecurity. Some of the topics that will be discussed during the event include how to create a safe way to share information, as well as what tools will be needed to prevent a security breaches from affecting medical devices.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we understand the importance of medical devices in thousands of patients’ lives. That’s why our team of defective medical device attorneys is hopeful the upcoming session is able to produce innovative ways to protect the medical devices that help improve our quality of life.