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Medical device security: The new wave in cyberthreats

Rebecca Vesely

The premier hacking conference DEF CON this summer will, for the first time, include a hackathon of medical devices. It is a sign of the significant growth in the use of connected medical devices and their vulnerability to threat actors and other intruders.

So for journalists covering hospitals, clinics, health systems and home health, it is worth keeping an eye on the security aspect of medical devices. While the security of computer systems and electronic medical records has drawn increasing media coverage, medical device security has not.

Here are some questions journalists can ask health facilities on their beats about the security of medical devices.

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