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WannaCry Cybersecurity Alert Shows Medtech Software Must Look Beyond Quick Fixes

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Preventing cyberattacks on medical technology occupies the waking thoughts of device software manufacturers, but the global ransomware episode in mid-May shows that companies must also be alive to threat posed to their provider customers.

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