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FDA, DHS partner on medical device cyber-security

Joe Mont | October 30, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration and Department of Homeland Security have announced a new framework for greater coordination and cooperation when addressing cyber-security in medical devices.

The two agencies have already worked together on many aspects of medical device cyber-security, most notably around coordination of vulnerability disclosures. The new memorandum of agreement, between the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health and DHS’ Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, is intended to encourage even greater coordination and information sharing regarding medical device cyber-security vulnerabilities and threats.

The agencies have—and will continue to—collaborate on “planning, executing and conducting after-action reviews of DHS-led exercises that simulate real-world cyber-security attacks and enable the government and stakeholders to practice and improve their...

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