Former FBI Cyber Chief Urges More Proactive Approach to Cybersecurity
Medtech companies need to up its game in fighting cybersecurity threats, says former chief of FBI’s cyber operations section. If not dealt with effectively, these threats can affect the function of pacemakers or compromise the intellectual property of manufacturers developing new drugs. While the risks of cyberattacks are growing, industry response has been lackadaisical at best, according to Jerry Bessette.
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A cybersecurity expert with TrapX says the firm has at least one hospital client whose medical devices have been adversely affected by the so-called "Petya" ransomware worm. He is also concerned the recent "WannaCry" and Petya attacks are just tests for a far greater threat yet to come.
News that Merck & Co was affected by the recent global ransomware attack hits home the increasing importance of cybersecurity. In Vivo recently hosted a roundtable of information security officers on how to prepare for the growing threat of cyber attack.