Legal Alert - Malware in the Machines: Cybersecurity for Medical Devices and Hospital Networks
By Patrick X. Fowler
Within the last week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a pair of Safety Communications directed towards the medical device and healthcare industries regarding cybersecurity. Computer virus and other malware attacks against medical devices and hospital networks create risks of equipment performance degradation and possible failure, which could compromise patient care. While the FDA has reported no deaths or injuries thus far due to such incidents, it considers cybersecurity breaches to be “increasingly likely” and warranting pro-active counter-measures.