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WannaCry Cybersecurity Alert Shows Medtech Software Must Look Beyond Quick Fixes

Executive Summary

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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