An agreement was signed between the US FDA and Department of Homeland Security to increase information sharing about medical device cybersecurity threats

16 Oct 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security signed a memorandum of agreement concerning medical devices cybersecurity threats. The agreement formalizes the information sharing processes between the agencies, concerning cybersecurity vulnerabilities and threats of medical devices, in order to improve standards development and technical capabilities.

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The Internet of Things (IoT) includes a wide range of Internet-connected devices, from highly digitalised cars, home appliances (e.g. fridges), and smart watches, to digitalised clothes that can monitor health. IoT devices are often connected in wide-systems, typically described as 'smart houses' or 'smart cities'.

Cybersecurity is among the main concerns of governments, Internet users, technical and business communities. Cyberthreats and cyberattacks are on the increase, and so is the extent of the financial loss. 

Yet, when the Internet was first invented, security was not a concern for the inventors. In fact, the Internet was originally designed for use by a closed circle of (mainly) academics. Communication among its users was open.

Cybersecurity came into sharper focus with the Internet expansion beyond the circle of the Internet pioneers. The Internet reiterated the old truism that technology can be both enabling and threatening. What can be used to the advantage of society can also be used to its disadvantage.

 

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