The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance outlining important steps medical device manufacturers should take to monitor, identify and address cybersecurity vulnerabilities once devices enter the market.

The FDA says cybersecurity threats are a growing concern and present a potential risk to the safety and effectiveness of medical devices. Although controls can be included in the design of new products to help prevent these risks, the evolving nature of cyber threats calls for more diligence regarding maintaining and upgrading products to continually protect them against risk.

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