FDA warns of cyber threats to medical devices - KMSP-TV

FDA warns of cyber threats to medical devices

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

The FDA is recommending beefed up security on medical devices to reduce the risk that devices are compromised via a cyber threat.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a warning last year about medical devices that attach to IT networks being a potential security threat. Among the issues raised was that a security researcher demonstrated how an outside actor can shut off or alter the settings of an insulin pump without the user's knowledge.

In a draft report prepared for Congress the FDA says that the need for effective cyber security to assure medical device functionality has become more important with the increasing use of wireless, Internet- and network-connected devices and the frequent electronic exchange of medical device-related health information.

It warns that a failure to maintain cyber security can result in patient illness, injury, or death.

The FDA says that manufacturers should consider cyber security during the design phase of the medical device. It says that manufacturers should consider the balance between cyber security safeguards and the usability of the device.

It warns that security features should not make the device too difficult to use.

Among the recommendations is to limit access to devices through the authentication of users through user ID and password, smart card, or biometric checks. Another is to strengthen password protection by avoiding “hard coded” passwords (i.e., passwords which are the same for each device, difficult to change, and vulnerable to public disclosure) and limit public access to passwords used for privileged device access.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Hope's Land of Candy

    Hope's Land of Candy

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:13 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:13:34 GMT
    Step through the doors of Hope's Land of Candy in Island Park, Long Island and you''ll be taking a trip back in time. There's no WIFI but they do have a Victrola piano. And then there's the candy.. lots and lots of it.
    Step through the doors of Hope's Land of Candy in Island Park, Long Island and you''ll be taking a trip back in time. There's no WIFI but they do have a Victrola piano. And then there's the candy.. lots and lots of it.
  • Subway bedbug infestations on the rise

    Subway bedbug infestations on the rise

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:48:09 GMT
    It appears the subway bedbug problem we've been reporting is getting worse. Commuters already have to contend with sweltering platforms, scurrying rats and packed train cars, and now there's another transit woe: fear of bedbugs.
    It appears the subway bedbug problem we've been reporting is getting worse. Commuters already have to contend with sweltering platforms, scurrying rats and packed train cars, and now there's another transit woe: fear of bedbugs.
  • West Indian Day Parade steps off amid shootings

    West Indian Day Parade steps off amid shootings

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:05:47 GMT
    The West Indian Day Parade is supposed to be a time of fun and excitement in celebration of Caribbean culture. However, several shootings near the parade has turned it into a day of tragedy for some.
    The West Indian Day Parade is supposed to be a time of fun and excitement in celebration of Caribbean culture. However, several shootings near the parade has turned it into a day of tragedy for some.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices