US FDA Pushes Further On Cybersecurity Efforts Despite Limited Resources
US FDA unveiled multiple cybersecurity-related initiatives, including two memoranda of understandings to launch information sharing organizations and playbook for health-care delivery organizations. The agency is continuing a multi-front attack in the area, despite limited resources.
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