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Controlling For Cybersecurity Risks of Medical Device Software

By Kevin Fu, James Blum

Communications of the ACM, Vol. 56 No. 10, Pages 35-37

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While computer-related failures are known to play a significant role in deaths and injuries involving medical devices reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA),1 there is no similar reporting system that meaningfully captures security-related failures in medical devices.

Medical device software must satisfy system properties including safety, security, reliability, resilience, and robustness among others. This column focuses on the challenges to satisfying a security property for medical devices: post-market surveillance, integrity and availability, and regulation and standards.


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