FDA’s first Acting Director of Medical Device Cybersecurity helps manufacturers protect medical devices from digital security threats

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University of Michigan computer science researcher Kevin Fu is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s first Acting Director of Medical Device Cybersecurity. According to Fu, “Today’s medical devices rely on software and the cloud to a much greater extent than they did even a few years ago. Virtually all medical devices depend on software, which wears out much faster than mechanical components. Updating legacy medical device software is a huge challenge … The other big game changer is that today, there are many more adversaries that are mounting attacks. A decade ago, it was very theoretical. But now you have hundreds of hospitals literally shut down because of ransomware. And new security vulnerabilities are identified in medical device software almost every day. So we need to be vigilant in making sure that all of our medical devices have a basic level of security built in. Medical devices must remain safe and effective despite cybersecurity risks.”

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