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News From the Food and Drug Administration
November 20, 2018

FDA Joins New Effort to Strengthen Medical Device Cybersecurity

JAMA. 2018;320(19):1970. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.17834

The FDA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have formally agreed to collaborate more closely to protect medical devices from cybersecurity threats.

“[E]nsuring that devices are adequately protected against cyber intrusions is paramount to protecting patients,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, said in a statement. Although the agency in recent years has stepped up its efforts to protect health systems and medical devices from cyber attacks, Gottlieb said FDA officials “‘know that securing medical devices from cybersecurity threats cannot be achieved by one government agency alone.”