|Device makers aren't doing enough to|
protect their data or devices, experts agree.
by Lisa Weeks, Marketing Communications Specialist, MasterControl
The Anthem data breach should be a wake-up call to the health care industry, according to security experts. On February 5, 2015, hackers stole the social security numbers and personal information of 80 million Anthem members and employees, leaving them vulnerable to identity theft and blackmail.1 While the insurer may be one of the biggest health care companies to suffer a breach, it certainly isn't the first.Editor’s Note: This post is an excerpt from the white paper “Five Trends Transforming the Medical Device Industry in 2015.”
In October 2014, the Department of Homeland Security investigated more than 20 suspected cases of cyberthreat in hospital equipment and medical devices, bringing some well-known health care giants under scrutiny.2 That same month, the FDA published a cybersecurity guidance for medical device makers, outlining the security measures developers should build into their products when seeking approval for a new device.