Cyber Vulnerabilities Could Prove Life or Death for Patients

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework is Being Applied to Healthcare.

Rice also praised the NIST Cybersecurity Framework as a resource for health care organizations to measure themselves against. It has a 60 percent adoption rate within the industry.

“The NIST Cybersecurity Framework tells you what you should do. If we could develop guidelines, particularly for those smaller entities, that are tailored to the health care-specific area, I think that would go a long way,” said Rice.

According to Michael McNeil, global product security and services officer at Royal Philips, medical device manufacturers should be looped into conversations about security to ensure that it is incorporated into every stage of manufacturing.

“Medical device manufacturers must address cybersecurity throughout the product life cycle. One of the very first areas that a medical device manufacturer needs to maintain and be the mantra that they think about is patient safety,” said McNeil. “The earlier in the process that we can bring them to the table, the better it’s going to be for all of us.”

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