The FDA has issued draft guidance urging medical device makers to develop cybersecurity controls. It has also released tips for how healthcare organizations can mitigate cybersecurity risks to devices.
Having the right log and access management tools in place - and not all tools are used by all agencies at all times - doesn't mean that the proper authorities are alerted in a timely manner to activities that could jeopardize the nation's security.
Secure messaging based on the Direct Protocol may eventually be applied globally because of worldwide interest in health information exchange, some backers say. The protocol incorporates international standards.
It's impractical for organizations to ban staff members from using personally owned devices for work or to avoid having a formal BYOD policy, says Peter Swire, a former presidential adviser on privacy issues.
Intermountain Healthcare stepped up its risk assessment efforts to better identify security issues and help ensure it can pass a federal HIPAA audit. Plus, it's developing security best practices to share with others.
Making broader use of encryption is an important breach prevention strategy. But what's the best way to set encryption priorities? CISO Eric Cowperthwaite explains how a risk assessment plays a vital role.
In a question and answer session, an FDA official confirms the agency is evaluating how it reviews medical device vulnerabilities and discusses ways that healthcare organizations, vendors and consumers can address security threats.