St. Jude Medical revealed on Oct. 17 that it is putting together a cybersecurity advisory board to provide input on how to make its connected medical devices more secure. This came in the wake of reports that have been strongly denied by St. Jude that its cardiac implants have serious security flaws. The new Cybersecurity Medical Advisory Board is intended to assist St. Jude Medical Inc. in its efforts to improve the technology that is used to combat cybersecurity risks in the medical device industry, while ensuring that patients are getting the best care possible, according to the Minnesota-based medical device manufacturer.
St. Jude pointed out that it has long worked with third-party experts, researchers and government agencies to assess potential vulnerabilities, prioritize real-world threats to its technologies, and develop appropriate security safeguards. The formation of the advisory panel – which will allow the device maker to gather direct feedback from leading physicians and other medical experts on the topic of how to best secure medical devices – would only help it further those objectives. Membership for the advisory board is in the process of being finalized. St. Jude says it anticipates that the group will work closely with technology experts within the company as well as external researchers to help the company “maintain and enhance cybersecurity and patient safety.”
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