The FDA already assesses medical devices for safety and effectiveness before allowing them on the market. But now a board that advises the U.S. government on security issues wants that process expanded and is recommending that regulators evaluate how secure wireless devices such as insulin pumps and defibrillators are against hacking.
Yes, hacking. There is growing concern about how protected wireless medical devices are against hacking, Wired reports. With this in mind, the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board wants the U.S. government to allow the FDA or some other agency to asses how secure devices that rely on software are against hacking. And for even better protection, the board wants some kind of system that would also rope in the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, through which medical device security problems could be reported, tracked and fixed.