US Homeland Security Sees Rapid Growth In Device Cybersecurity Vulnerability Reports
A center inside the US Department of Homeland Security has seen a massive spike in the number of potential medical device cybersecurity vulnerabilities that it has responded to in the past year. The government says it reflects better collaboration and disclosure policies in industry.
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