As part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) takes time to reflect on the advances our medical device cybersecurity program has made during the year.
While COVID-19 has presented many challenges, we have already learned much through our response efforts, to include addressing medical device issues related to physical and cybersecurity supply chains, telemedicine, and the shift to remote workforces, among other issues.
Cyber safety is a shared responsibility. We encourage everyone to consider the importance of cybersecurity and remain aware throughout the year when it comes to the technology we rely on every day—including the security of medical devices.
In 2020, the FDA continued to ensure medical device cybersecurity safety and awareness by:
The FDA takes medical device cybersecurity seriously. We are committed to mitigating the risks that cybersecurity vulnerabilities can pose to patient safety and public health, without decreasing the benefits of interconnected medical devices. As technology continues to connect, transform, and evolve, cybersecurity threats are never far behind. For this reason, it is vital that medical device cyber safety is considered a shared responsibility for all stakeholders, including medical device manufacturers, government agencies, health care organizations, health care professionals, cybersecurity researchers, and medical device users throughout the U.S. and abroad.
We remind everyone to remain aware and committed to using cybersecurity best practices and good cyber hygiene. Although we continuously face new challenges in medical device cybersecurity, we must remain committed to working together to protect public health.
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