The Hill’s Congress Blog: “New standards needed to protect patients from computer viruses in medical devices”

“One can imagine a future hit man for organized crime being a hacker who can remotely manipulate the life support system of a witness in protective custody,” writes Darren Hayes, professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

“It is now time that medical device manufacturers are provided with new standards to protect patients from computer viruses. The GAO has already asked the FDA to work on this important issue after it warned about implanted defibrillators and insulin pumps being susceptible to hackers. This change will only occur through Congressional legislation that includes stiff fines for non-compliance,” writes Darren Hayes, professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Read his op-ed on The Hill’s Congress Blog.

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