Forget the patient, what happens when the medical hardware gets a virus?

As hospitals become more automated, the dangers of computer viruses become more serious.

As hospitals become more automated, the dangers of computer viruses become more serious. The Food and Drug Administration has now issued an official warning to this effect. The FDA says device manufactures and care facilities need to take more steps to protect against computer viruses and cyberattacks. A senior official told the Wall Street Journal they were aware of hundreds of devices already infected by malware. 

So, what is the FDA's prescription for a clean bill of medical devices? It's the tech version of wash your hands and eat your vegetables: change passwords, regular network check-ups, and update software.

Click on the audio player above to hear more about cybersecurity and medical devices.

About the author

Chester Wisniewski is a computer security expert with the computer security firm Sophos.

Comments

I agree to American Public Media's Terms and Conditions.
With Generous Support From...