Seeking to offer a forum to discuss concepts and share best practices for medical device cybesecurity, a group of healthcare agencies and medtech companies have formally began the Medical Device Cybersecurity Task Force (MDCTF).
Co-coordinated by cybersecurity firm Sensato and healthcare security firm Divurgent, MDCTF is a free, voluntary, cross-industry group composed of hospitals, hospital technologists, cybersecurity researchers, IT leaders, and medical device manufacturers. It seeks to establish cost-effective, practical approaches to securing medical devices in healthcare agencies, and strives to act as an “intelligence liaison” that permits for the collection and sharing of potential threat intelligence with its members and government agencies, according to a press release from the month of January.
At that time, the Task Force had five members, involving Delaware healthcare system Beebe Healthcare. Since then, membership has expanded to 15 health systems and hospitals, involving Children’s Hospital of Atlanta, Lehigh Valley Health Network, and Intermountain. Tech vendors Renovo Solutions and VMware Inc., who operate enterprise-grade mobile device and software provider AirWatch, have also joined the group.
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